Our Vision, Mission and Beliefs

Devin Dahlgren   Website

Vision

We envision a high desert in Oregon where eight million acres of public lands are conserved to ensure that fish and wildlife thrive and wild places exist for all people to treasure and explore, now and always.

Mission

Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) exists to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert for current and future generations.

Beliefs

  • Oregon’s high desert deserves protection because of its stunning beauty, unique ecology, recreational opportunities, and cultural heritage.
  • As Americans, we are all richer because of our public lands and that this incredible legacy must be maintained for the benefit of current and future generations and for fish and wildlife.
  • To know Oregon’s high desert is to love it. Connecting people with the land is the foundation of conservation.
  • Public lands are common ground for diverse communities. It is important to respectfully consider all perspectives while passionately pursuing our mission. (See Our Commitment to Justice, Equity and Inclusion.)
  • Science should inform priorities on where and how we do our work.

voices

Karen Garber, volunteer since 2017

Karen Garber, volunteer since 2017

So glad we got to do a stewardship trip with ONDA this summer, and now I’m more inspired than ever to start hiking the Oregon Desert Trail in bits and pieces.

voices

Tim Neville, journalist

Tim Neville, journalist

“Oregon’s Owyhee reminds me a lot of Southern Utah’s red rock country… only dipped in fudge.”

fact

Bitteroot

Bitteroot

Bitteroot blooms on north-facing cliffs in western North America.

The Paiute name for bitteroot is kangedya. Traditional Native American uses of the plant included eating the roots, mixed with berries and meat, and using the roots to treat sore throats.