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Native American Heritage Month

Author: Lace Thornberg  |  Published: November 22, 2021  |  Category: In the News November is Native American Heritage Month In Oregon and throughout the Americas, Indigenous communities’ connection to the land has endured from time immemorial to this day. As we mark Native American Heritage Day on Friday, November 26, 2021, ONDA encourages you...

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10 Ways to Immerse
Yourself in the Desert

Author: Corinne Handelman |  Published: November 17, 2021  |  Category: Look Back Choose your desert immersion adventure  It’s officially “shoulder season.” Autumn is past its prime; winter hasn’t fully arrived. We’ve pulled together 10 resources that will allow you to immerse yourself in the desert in this transition between seasons. Choose from the...

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Your responses are in!

Author: Corinne Handelman |  Published: November 11, 2021  |  Category: Look Back The results of our most recent member survey This fall, we asked you — ONDA members — what’s most important to you about supporting desert conservation, and we were overwhelmed by your responses. Over 525 of you replied to our latest member...

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New National Monument Proposed for Sutton Mountain

On November 3, 2021, Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced the Sutton Mountain and Painted Hills Area Wildfire Resiliency Preservation and Economic Enhancement Act in Congress today. This legislation would establish a new Sutton Mountain National Monument to conserve public lands, waters and wildlife in central Oregon. This 66,000-acre proposal includes iconic Sutton...

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Stories from the Oregon Desert Trail

Author: Renee Patrick  |  Published: November 1, 2021  |  Category: Where-to Getting ready to go on a day-long, week-long or month-long adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail? You can learn so much by seeing how other people’s journeys have unfolded since this ambitious route made its debut in 2014. We promise you’ll pick up...

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Your Next Autumn Activity:
Volunteering

As golden aspen leaves and frosty mornings mark the arrival of fall in Oregon’s high desert, welcomed rains are bringing fire danger down and allowing volunteers to resume work on needed monitoring and restoration projects throughout desert public lands. If you’re craving an adventure to experience the beauty of Oregon’s high desert in the...

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Streamside Story: John Hartog

Author: Joanna Zhang  |  Published: September 28, 2021  |  Category: Profiles “I guess I would describe myself as an urban dwelling nature lover, an advocate for native ecosystem conservation, and a backyard habitat enthusiast.”

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A Love Story:
Mary Powell & Harv Hillis

Author: Lace Thornberg  |  Published: September 28, 2021  |  Category: Profile Many people contribute their time, talent and passion to make desert conservation successful. Today, we introduce you to two longtime ONDA members and to an initiative to cultivate the next generation of conservation leaders. When Mary met Harvey Mary Powell grew up in...

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Oregon River Reads

Author: Joanna Zhang | Published: August 27, 2021 | Categories: Uncategorized Four Stories That Will Inspire You to Protect Oregon’s Rivers  Late summer is synonymous with days in and along the water: rafting, swimming, hiking or hanging out in a hammock with a good book.  Need a suggestion on what to read? These three...

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Return to the Oregon Desert Trail

Carly “Quill” Swisher started a thru-hike of the Oregon Desert Trail in the late spring of 2020, but had to get off in McDermitt, Nevada. Undeterred, she went back June 21, 2021 and finished the complete route at Lake Owyhee State Park eight days later. The story below recounts these days on the trail,...

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