Goals for the New Year

Each new year presents new opportunities to pursue our vision for Oregon’s high desert as a place where eight million acres of conserved public lands provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife, and wild places exist for all people to treasure and explore, now and always.

Check out the photos below to see what ONDA’s top priorities for 2021 are:

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Time Lapse: a night at Canyon Camp in six seconds

Time Lapse: a night at Canyon Camp in six seconds

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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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Jeremy Fox on Steens Landscape

Jeremy Fox on Steens Landscape

Goal: Owyhee Canyonlands Conserved

Strategy: Capitalize on a critical moment in our landmark Owyhee Canyonlands campaign

Devin Dahlgren   Website

Goal: Sutton Mountain Wild Forever

Strategy: Pursue opportunities to protect Sutton Mountain in the John Day River Basin

Jim Davis   Website

Goal: Safe Migration Corridors

Strategy: Shine a light on the conservation potential of the Greater Hart-Sheldon region

Devlin Holloway

Goal: Wild Desert Waters

Strategy: Advocate for desert rivers that would benefit from Wild and Scenic River designation

Goal: Sagebrush Steppe Integrity

Strategy: Engage in two pivotal BLM planning processes covering eight million acres of land

Greg Burke

Goal: Healthy Watersheds

Strategy: Improve key watersheds through progressive riparian restoration techniques

Eleanor Burke

Goal: Thriving Wildlife

Strategy: Shape polices that help iconic desert wildlife by conserving and restoring their habitat

Devlin Holloway

Goal: A Strong Community

Strategy: Welcome more people into our community of desert advocates

Your support of ONDA allows us to pursue these goals and, as we reach them, to contribute significantly to the national goal of minimizing climate change impact by conserving at least 30% of the land within the U.S. by 2030.

Thank you for your enduring support!