Give yourself a pat on the back! You accomplished so much for Oregon’s desert this year!

Flip through this year in review for just a handful of the many great stories to come out of 2018.

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What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  

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Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”

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Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”

ONDA members and volunteers pictured:
in the 2, top to bottom, right to left: Mary Beth Pinon, long-nosed snake, Barbara Engel, John Bauman, Susan Zimmerman, Danny Archibald, Taylor Goforth, Erik Fisher, mariposa lily, John Sterling

in the 0, top to bottom, right to left: caterpillar, Carol Knuston, Helen Harbin, Mark Webster, Karen Garber, Lex Shapiro, Adam Marx, Fred Sawyer, Marilynne Keyser

in the 1, top to bottom, right to left: Chris Scranton, Bruce Jim, Jeff Woods, Abby and Latigo of the Paisley Youth Conservation Corps, Pete Collier

in the 8, top to bottom, right to left: youth Annual General Meeting participant, John Katzenstein, Jamey Pyles, Brittany Leffel, Mandy Bonahoom, Katy Bartzokis, Terry Butler, Elisa Cheng