Our Community

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Oregon Natural Desert Association is a community of people dedicated to conserving the high desert.

It might be the scent of sagebrush, or the desert sun’s warmth. It could be the wild rivers, or the unparalleled solitude. Or perhaps it is the chance to see pronghorn running across the steppe that first draws people in. One point is certain: the magical combination of these natural attributes and many more touches souls and bonds people together.


Our Board

ONDA’s board of directors are community leaders who care deeply about the future of central and eastern Oregon’s public lands, waterways, and wildlife. Each volunteer director is committed to listening, learning and collaborating to ensure fish and wildlife thrive and wild places exist for people to treasure and explore, now and always.

Meet our board of directors.


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South Fork Crooked River and Birds

South Fork Crooked River and Birds

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Swallowtail

Swallowtail

The Oregon Swallowtail butterfly is the official state insect of Oregon and a true native of the Pacific Northwest. The Swallowtail can be seen in the lower sagebrush canyons of the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Snake River drainage area.  Source: State Symbols USA

Latin name: Papilio oregonius

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John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

Restoration is hard slow work. It takes hold, or it doesn’t, in fits and starts. The immensity of the need can be discouraging, but we must carry on. I am so thankful ONDA carries on.

Our Members

We are rural and urban, hikers and sportsmen, visionaries and tradition-bearers. We are world-class athletes and everyday explorers, civic leaders and students. We are diverse voices speaking up for the conservation of our desert. Our differences, and our willingness to come together through a shared love of our favorite places, give us strength.

ONDA members have given a voice to the conservation needs of eastern Oregon’s high desert since 1987.

Become a member, or renew, now

Our Founders

In the mid-1980s, a diverse group of folks, including teachers, doctors, students, naturalists, and retirees, came together over their shared love of Oregon’s desert. The group was driven to action by their conviction that a federal inventory of wild desert lands had not included many of the places that they knew and loved. Sure enough, when these passionate people banded together to take up their own inventory of Oregon’s wild places, they found nearly 8 million acres of wilderness-quality land in eastern Oregon in need of conservation action. And, these founders realized then the wild desert lands they loved need an advocate. From this small group of desert-lovers, the Oregon Natural Desert Association was born.


Our Business Members

ONDA is proud to have the support of businesses who support conservation in Oregon’s high desert. These business members contribute to our mission by providing funding, product donations, and event hosting. And, their support shows their commitment to protecting Oregon’s high desert lands, waterways, wildlife and responsible recreation opportunities.

Meet our Business Members

Our Partners

We work hand-in-hand with Native American tribal leaders, scientists, land management agencies, and private land-owners to achieve ground-breaking, precedent-setting cooperative goals.


Advisors

Consultants
  • Bill Marlett, Senior Conservation Advisor
  • Craig Miller, GIS Specialist
Advisory Council
  • Bill Weiler, Lyle, Washington
  • Dan Van Vactor, Bend, Oregon
  • Dick Vanderschaaf, Portland, Oregon
  • George Schunk, Portland, Oregon
  • Al St. John, Bend, Oregon
  • Reed Noss, Ph.D., Orlando, Florida
  • William Kittredge, Missoula, Montana
  • Andy Kerr, Washington D.C.
  • Steve Herman, Ph.D., Olympia, Washington
  • Dave Funk, Eugene, Oregon
  • Alice Elshoff, Bend, Oregon
  • Jeff Debonis, Hood River, Oregon
  • Ron Cronin, Portland, Oregon
  • Phil Conti, Portland, Oregon
  • Lee Christie, Hood River, Oregon
  • Bob Beschta, Corvallis, Oregon