Protect Desert Rivers

Give to conserve free-flowing rivers, today

Bryan Andresen

Senator Ron Wyden is looking to add more Wild & Scenic Rivers to Oregon’s legacy of protected waterways and you have the chance to conserve 825 miles of desert rivers with your gift today.  Stand up for Whychus Creek, the Chewaucan River, and the North Fork John Day River. Stand up for free-flowing streams, resilient in the face of climate change, which allow for thriving wildlife habitat and boundless recreation opportunities. Stand up to amplify the voices of thousands of advocates who want to see these places protected, forever.

Protect 825 miles of desert rivers with your gift

All gifts made on August 31st will be matched!


Your gift today will conserve 10 miles of Whychus Creek, which will conserve cultural sites from generations of habitation, as Whychus Creek is a gathering place for Indigenous Chinookan, Sahaptin, Northern Paiute and Molala peoples.



Your donation today will also protect 23 miles of the Chewaucan River, home to wild redband trout, mule deer, American pika and birds including migratory Olive-sided Flycatchers and year-round Lewis’ Woodpecker.



Your gift will also protect 40 miles of the North Fork John Day River, described by the Bureau of Land Management as flowing through, “some of the finest scenery in Oregon.”



These rivers and many others across Oregon’s high desert will be protected in legislation this year, with your support. Thank you for standing up for the unique cultural, fish and wildlife, and scenic values of desert rivers.


South Fork Crooked River and Birds

South Fork Crooked River and Birds


Young Desert Horned Lizard

Young Desert Horned Lizard

In the summer these lizards begin foraging for food as soon as their body temperature rises as the heat of the day increases. They feed on slow-moving, ground-dwelling insects. In the fall they hibernate by burying themselves in the sand.

Latin name: Phrysonoma platyrhinos


Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers Member

Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers 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.”