Publications

Tim Neville

ONDA provides interested community members with inspiration to get out and enjoy the desert, and the information and tools necessary to understand what is happening to their public lands.

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Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

“If I have to pick a favorite place in Oregon’s high desert, it would be Sutton Mountain, but I’m excited about all of the Wilderness Study Areas,” says Terry, adding, “Each is a gem to explore, and I hope they all get protection someday… I love the scale of the physical beauty of the desert.”

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What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  

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The Land Between: The Greater Hart-Sheldon Region

The Land Between: The Greater Hart-Sheldon Region

Oregon Desert Trail Guidebook

ONDA’s Oregon Desert Trail Guidebook provides a comprehensive introduction the complete 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail route and important “know before you go” information that is helpful in preparing for a trip of any length from day hike to thru-hike.

Oregon Desert Trail Guidebook cover

Download this free resource for:

* Desert safety tips
* Detailed route information and driving directions
* A guide to water caching
* Section-by-section overview maps and elevation profiles
* Cultural history and natural history
* A public lands glossary and guide to land designations along the ODT
* So much more.

Download the ODT Guidebook

Newsletter

Published twice annually and sent to all members, Desert Ramblings gives readers an inside look at ONDA’s programs.


Annual Reports

Our annual reports share the program highlights from the year and our financial health. You can also review our Financials.

Wild Desert Calendar

ONDA’s calendar has become a highly-anticipated favorite among our members and the community at large. Produced as a volunteer-led effort, the Wild Desert Calendar showcases the beauty of the high desert through stunning photographs.

Chase Jablonski

Wild Desert Calendar

Each year, Oregon Natural Desert Association shares awe-inspiring photography from Oregon’s dry side in our Wild Desert Calendar. Each calendar features treasured Oregon public lands, from the Owyhee Canyonlands to […]

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Maps

ONDA’s conservation work spans millions of acres in eastern Oregon. These maps will fill you in on where our priority regions, including Oregon Badlands Wilderness, Steens Mountain, Owyhee Canyonlands, and Hart Mountain, fit into Oregon’s sagebrush steppe landscape. 

Brochures

Our brochures highlight the unique regions with Oregon’s vast southeast desert,  provide visitor information, and describe conservation opportunities.

Topical Reports

ONDA occasionally publishes in-depth reports on conservation topics.