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Tribal Stewards reflect on the 2021 season In early July, we introduced you to the 2021 Tribal Stewards crew. Now that they have wrapped up their five-week session of restoration and conservation projects on Oregon’s desert lands and adjacent watersheds, we wanted to share their accomplishments and highlights from the season. After starting their...

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Where-to: Swim in the John Day Basin

Author: Joanna Zhang | Published: July 19, 2021 | Categories: Where-to  Five fantastic swimming holes on the John Day River You might not think of heading to the desert when you want to go swimming. That’s quite understandable. While Oregon’s high desert isn’t pulsing with waterfalls and lush temperate rainforests, the dry side of...

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Reimagine Your Public Lands

Author: Lace Thornberg  |   Published: July 14, 2022  |  Category: In the News The federal agency responsible for more than 245 million acres of public land nationwide, including 16 million acres in Oregon — the Bureau of Land Management — is marking its 75th anniversary in 2021.  The public lands issues facing the Bureau...

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Climate change. Drought. Wildfire.

Author: Jeremy Austin  |  Published: July 13, 2021  |  Category: In the News Each morning, as Google populates my inbox with news stories from across the Sagebrush Sea, one word increasingly dominates the headlines: wildfire. “Firefighters working to contain 2 wildfires after significant overnight growth” “Wildfires: Bigger, hotter than ever. How will the land...

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Meet ONDA’s Development Team

Author: Corinne Handelman  |  Published: July 7, 2021  |  Category: Profile These five members of ONDA’s staff keep you connected to desert conservation year-round. Allison Crotty, Development Director What I do: As ONDA’s development director, I oversee all of ONDA’s fundraising and communications work. I keep an eye on the big picture and make...

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Meet the 2021 Tribal Stewards Crew

This summer, a determined crew of Indigenous young adults is gaining professional experience in conservation, restoration and natural resource management, as our second season of the Tribal Stewards initiative, run in partnership with Northwest Youth Corps, is underway. The 2021 Tribal Stewards leaders and members bring rich experience and interests to the program and...

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Species Spotlight: Bighorn Sheep

Author: Scott Bowler | Published: June 28, 2021 | Category: Species Spotlight Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) once ranged far and wide all across the West, inhabiting a wider variety of habitats than they do today. There were many more bighorn as well, but nearly all populations of them were completely wiped out by overhunting (especially for...

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Where-to: Have the Most Incredible Picnic in the Owyhee

Author: Joanna Zhang  |  Published: June 24, 2021  |  Category: Where-to Take your outdoor dining experience to the next level with one of these scenic picnic spots in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Here are six places to have the best meal with a view in the Owyhee, complete with local restaurant recommendations. Whether you’re looking...

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Helping Fish, Addressing Fire and Drought

Author: Beth Macinko  |  Published: June 21, 2021  |  Categories: Look Back, Notes from the Field ONDA volunteers plant thousands of willow and repair fences in the Malheur watershed The native bull trout and redband trout in the Malheur River drainage, located south of Prairie City in the Malheur National Forest, can look forward...

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A Justice, Equity and Inclusion Update

Author: Ryan Houston  |  Published: June 18, 2021  |  Category: In the News, Looking Back, Looking Ahead Today, our country is observing Juneteenth as a federal holiday for the first time. Earlier this spring, we celebrated the confirmation of Secretary Deb Haaland as the first Native American to oversee Department of Interior public lands...

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