Goals for the New Year

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Connecting Trails

Connecting Trails

The Oregon Desert Trail ties into two National Recreation Trails: the Fremont National Recreation Trail and Desert Trail.

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Mary McCord, ONDA Volunteer

Mary McCord, ONDA Volunteer

“I find enjoyment in the peaceful wide open spaces, geology, and rich history of Oregon’s high desert,” says Mary. Reflecting on volunteering, she continues, “If you have the ability and desire, it’s important to do something to contribute. It doesn’t have to be big, because every little bit helps.”

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Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

Aaron Tani, Sage Society Member

“It feels good to support ONDA on a monthly basis, because I know they never stop supporting our public lands. ONDA works to help make our lands a better place for the future, and I feel like I’m a part of that every month with my support.”

Goal: Owyhee Canyonlands Conserved

Strategy: Capitalize on a critical moment in our landmark Owyhee Canyonlands campaign

Devin Dahlgren   Website

Goal: Sutton Mountain Wild Forever

Strategy: Pursue opportunities to protect Sutton Mountain in the John Day River Basin

Jim Davis   Website

Goal: Safe Migration Corridors

Strategy: Shine a light on the conservation potential of the Greater Hart-Sheldon region

Devlin Holloway

Goal: Wild Desert Waters

Strategy: Advocate for desert rivers that would benefit from Wild and Scenic River designation

Goal: Sagebrush Steppe Integrity

Strategy: Engage in two pivotal BLM planning processes covering eight million acres of land

Greg Burke

Goal: Healthy Watersheds

Strategy: Improve key watersheds through progressive riparian restoration techniques

Eleanor Burke

Goal: Thriving Wildlife

Strategy: Shape polices that help iconic desert wildlife by conserving and restoring their habitat

Devlin Holloway

Goal: A Strong Community

Strategy: Welcome more people into our community of desert advocates

Your support of ONDA allows us to pursue these goals and, as we reach them, to contribute significantly to the national goal of minimizing climate change impact by conserving at least 30% of the land within the U.S. by 2030.

Thank you for your enduring support!


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