Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #1
About the place
This project takes place on the traditional lands of the Northern Paiute, Wasco and Warm Springs people. Many Indigenous peoples live in Oregon’s high desert region today, including members of the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Wasco, Warm Springs and Paiute), the Klamath Tribes (Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin) and the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe.
Located just 15 miles east of Bend, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness is a 30,000-acre area containing fascinating lava flows and ancient junipers. This area was designated as wilderness in 2009, and was named for its harsh terrain and fantastic rock formations. Within this landscape, one can find incredible displays of desert wildflowers, dry river canyons, castle-like rock formations, and Native American pictographs.
About the stewardship work
In partnership with the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management, ONDA will lead several days of service to improve the Badlands for its human visitors and native wildlife inhabitants.
Through projects such as trail maintenance, signage improvement, and illegal vehicle route obscuring, volunteers will receive an introduction to ONDA’s stewardship and conservation programs.
These single-day experiences are a great opportunity for your first trip out with ONDA and 5 spots will be held for first-time volunteers until 3 weeks before the trip. No previous experience is needed to attend. All that is required is a love of the high desert, a big smile and a willingness to learn.
- Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.: Volunteers will meet at the trailhead, about a 25-minute drive from Bend, directions to the project location will be sent out three weeks before the trip.
- Saturday, May 13, 4 p.m.: We’ll be back at the trailhead by 4 p.m. to head back to Bend.
Projects will consist of a variety of tasks, including: moving rocks and debris to close illegal trails and routes, and removing trash. Volunteers can expect to spend their day hiking on uneven ground and undertaking lifting, bending, and other tasks that require a moderate level of physical exertion.
Participants will need to have transportation to the trailhead, a 25 minute drive from Bend accessible by any passenger vehicle. ONDA will bring extra water, but it is a good idea to supplement our supply with a few liters from home. If it’s a cooler winter day, hot tea can be nice to stay warm. In the event of sunny and hot weather, please bring up to four liters of water capacity for the day, and consider an electrolyte replacement drink or mix to help you stay hydrated. Sturdy hiking shoes/boots, long pants, and eye protection are required for this trip (sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses are suitable eye protection). Participants should be prepared to be away from the vehicles all day and bring a day pack with lunch, snacks and water.
ONDA will provide all tools required for the work as well as extra work gloves and eye protection. We will bring potable water, snacks, and expert leadership and perspective on current high desert conservation priorities.
An ONDA registration application and medical form are required for this trip. 5 spots will be held for first-time volunteers until 3 weeks before the trip.
You will receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks of submitting your form. The confirmation email will provide information regarding which trips you are on the “participant list” for, and which trips are full, and therefore you have been placed on the “wait list.”
Six weeks before the start of the trip, the trip leader will send out an RSVP to make sure everyone is still able to participate. Based on RSVPs, open spaces will be backfilled with people from the waitlist.
Three weeks before the trip start date, registered and confirmed participants will receive driving instructions, maps, carpooling options, and additional information in an email sent by the trip leader
If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact the trip leader.