Before and After Stewardship

Maria Johnson

The difference that ONDA volunteers can make in just a few hours or days of working together is pretty incredible. Here are a few before and after pictures to give you a taste and you’ll find even more photos in our post-trip photo albums.

As we return to project locations season after season and keep making improvements to habitats in need of help, the impact ONDA volunteers are having really adds up.

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Badger

Badger

Badgers are generally nocturnal, but, in remote areas with no human encroachment, they are routinely observed foraging during the day. They prefer open areas with grasslands, which can include parklands, farms, and treeless areas with crumbly soil and a supply of rodent prey.

Badgers are born blind, furred, and helpless. Their eyes open at four to six weeks.

Latin name: Taxidea taxus

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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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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.”

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Jeremy Austin

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Jeremy Austin

Removing Barbed Wire on the High Lakes Plateau

Volunteers removed ~1.5 miles of barbed wire fence from the High Lakes region, an important migration corridor for pronghorn antelope south of Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. These accomplishments were reached in partnership with Lakeview BLM.

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Mark Darnell

Rehabilitating a Trail on Steens Mountain

Over the past two years, ONDA volunteers tackled trail maintenance on a steep alternate route to the Oregon Desert Trail in the Steens Mountain Wilderness. The Nye Trail uses 22 switchbacks to climb up one mile out of the Little Blitzen Gorge to reach the top of the rim at the Cold Springs Road. Part of the challenge in maintaining this trail was trying to re-bench the trail tread to make it wide enough for both equestrians and hikers. Multiple springs run into and along the trail, making water management an issue, and abundant vegetation grows into and out of the trail corridor. The steep grade necessitated taking plenty of breaks to enjoy the view before clearing the next stretch of trail. Luckily, the scenery was well worth the sweat equity. A special thanks to the Burns BLM for working with us to accomplish this momentous undertaking.

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Corinne Handelman

Restoring Habitat in Cottonwood Canyon

Hay Creek’s habitat is already being dramatically improved by the tireless work of ONDA volunteers.  Last season, volunteers protected hundreds of established trees with fencing. This season, volunteers constructed six beaver dam analogs and planted 2,500 additional riparian shrubs and trees. All of this work adds up to a lasting improvement in the streamside habitat. This work is being done in partnership with Oregon State Parks.

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