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ONDA is a 2,100-member, grassroots organization committed to protecting, defending, and restoring the health of Oregon's native deserts for present and future generations.

Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) exists to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert. Our dream is to see millions of acres of beautiful and ecologically vital public lands permanently protected and home to diverse populations of wildlife. Working in partnership with more than 4,000 members and supporters, ONDA is the only group dedicated exclusively to the preservation of Oregon’s high desert.

Since its founding over 25 years ago, ONDA has earned many successes, including the protection of Oregon’s Badlands and Spring Basin as the state’s second and third desert wilderness areas. ONDA was also instrumental in the creation of Oregon’s first desert wilderness, Steens Mountain Wilderness in 2000.

Today, ONDA remains devoted to engaging diverse voices to conserve vast tracts of public lands in areas such as Central Oregon, John Day, the Greater Hart Sheldon Landscape and the Owyhee Canyonlands. We also operate a restoration program to improve habitat for fish and wildlife, and maintain diligent efforts to enforce conservation laws to protect sensitive wildlife.

Collectively, these strategies embody one thing: a love of Oregon’s high desert, shared among many and eminently worthy of your support.

Take a look through our Annual Report, Publications and Pressroom to learn more about our history and current work. And take a look at our Accomplishments for a quick snapshot of key achievements from our 25+ year history. Enjoy!

ONDA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization as defined by the IRS, ID# 94-3098621.

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Oregon Natural Desert Association
50 SW Bond Street, Suite 4,
Bend, OR 97702
Tel: (541) 330-2638

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