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 of $100 or more 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.




The Oregon Swallowtail butterfly is the official state insect of Oregon and a true native of the Pacific Northwest. The Swallowtail can be seen in the lower sagebrush canyons of the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Snake River drainage area.  Source: State Symbols USA

Latin name: Papilio oregonius


Cregg Large, member since 2009

Cregg Large, member since 2009

“I came to Oregon 12 years ago from Texas. Texas, for all its size, has very little public land. Coming to Oregon has made me realize the special gift we as Americans have in our public lands. Volunteering with an organization like ONDA is my way of reciprocating for this gift. Through restoration efforts, I feel we are helping leave a better place than we found it. Through advocating for protection for public lands, we safeguard migration routes for animals and keep the land where it belongs: with the public.”


Young Horny Toad Lizard

Young Horny Toad 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