Start 2021 Anew

Jim Davis   Website

If living through 2020 taught us anything, we have reinforced lessons on developing healthy routines, practicing gratitude, and finding personal healing by spending time in nature. Fortunately, ONDA members might be a step or two ahead of the curve on those practices, so here are some additional intentions to carry forward into a new year. Here are three simple ways you can leave 2020 behind while bringing these lessons into your 2021 desert advocacy intention list!

Establish a routine

By becoming a monthly donor to ONDA

With monthly giving, you’ll always be contributing to desert conservation, and it only takes one easy step to establish this routine! You’ll feel great knowing that whether you plan to explore new corners of Oregon’s desert or stay safe close to home, your ongoing gift will fuel ONDA’s advocacy and restoration programs.

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Show your gratitude

By advocating for desert lands, waters and wildlife

If routines aren’t your thing, but you want to be on call when action is needed, we have a way for you to plug in! Sign up for our text advocate alerts and you wont miss our important opportunities to weigh in on public lands planning processes or speaking up for special places like the Owyhee Canyonlands or Sutton Mountain.

Join our most active desert advocates by texting “ONDA” to 52886 and follow the prompts.

Give back to the places that give to you

By leaving a legacy gift for the future of wild lands, you’ll contribute to desert conservation for years to come

With one swift action, you can become an impactful ONDA member and rest assured that desert conservation is prioritized with your gift. Put ONDA in your will now, or leave an insurance or retirement account to ONDA, and you’ll ensure that the desert is cared for forever by dedicated desert advocates.

Learn more about your options for leaving a legacy.


Oregon’s first desert wilderness

Oregon’s first desert wilderness

Steens Mountain: Oregon’s first desert wilderness

On October 30, 2000, Congress passed the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act, finishing the work that had taken ONDA and the other members of the Steens-Alvord Coalition decades  

Steens Mountain is a land of startling contrasts: dramatic u-shaped

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Far from Big Macs

Far from Big Macs

There is a point in the Owyhee region, in northwestern Nevada, that is, at 115 miles away, as far away as you can get from a McDonalds in the U.S.



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.”