Opt Outside,
Act for Desert Rivers

Gena Goodman-Campbell

Escape the Black Friday crowds and #OptOutside to a wild river near you! Sen. Ron Wyden is asking Oregonians to help him develop legislation to protect Oregon’s most special rivers, and he wants to hear from YOU. The day after Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to take your family and friends on a hike like Alder Springs along Lower Whychus Creek, then “opt to act”– nominate the desert river you visited for Wild and Scenic River status.

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Mary McCord, ONDA Volunteer

Mary McCord, ONDA Volunteer

“I find enjoyment in the peaceful wide open spaces, geology, and rich history of Oregon’s high desert,” says Mary. Reflecting on volunteering, she continues, “If you have the ability and desire, it’s important to do something to contribute. It doesn’t have to be big, because every little bit helps.”

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Sarah Graham, Sage Society Member

Sarah Graham, Sage Society Member

“I contribute to ONDA monthly because it adds up to a larger annual gift than what I’d be able to comfortably afford if I were to do a simple one-time donation annually. I’m able to give more to ONDA this way and have greater impact which is important to me, and my dog Polly.”

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Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

“It feels good to support ONDA on a monthly basis, because I know they never stop supporting our public lands. ONDA works to help make our lands a better place for the future, and I feel like I’m a part of that every month with my support.”

1.) Visit a Wild River

Greg Burke   Website

Alder Springs

Located on Lower Whychus Creek, Alder Springs is an oasis in the high desert. The trail starts at the top of the Whychus Creek Canyon and descends gradually to the creek, with panoramic views of the Cascades, towering rock formations, and the rushing waters of Whychus Creek below. At 1.5 miles, hikers reach Alder...

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Pike Creek

An old mining track leads 1.4 miles up the canyon through a rugged rock narrows with wildflowers and views of the desert playa below. Two creek crossings can be difficult to pass in early spring and after summer thunderstorms. Along this trail, you’ll find an old cabin and an old mine on the way...

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Greg Burke   Website

Guano Creek

Guano Creek is designated as a Wilderness Study Area and Area of Critical Environmental Concern. No trails exist but you can hike across the open country adjacent to Guano Creek. You can do an out-and-back hike or go for a 6-mile round-trip hike. As you proceed down, the canyon the walls will deepen and...

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2.) Nominate That River for Protection

While the sounds of wild water are still fresh in your mind, take a moment to write a nomination email to Sen. Wyden and tell him why you think the river or creek you visited should be designated a Wild and Scenic River!

Need some tips on how to get started? Check out our blog post on how to nominate a new Wild and Scenic River.

Greg Shine

Protect Desert Rivers

Senator Ron Wyden is developing legislation to protect Oregon’s most special rivers, and he wants to hear from YOU! Please edit the message below to talk about your personal connection to the rivers and creeks listed, or add others that are important to you.

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