Badlands Wilderness Stewardship #5

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South Fork Crooked River and Birds

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Central Oregon’s “Backyard Wilderness”

Central Oregon’s “Backyard Wilderness”

Our quest to protect the Oregon Badlands

Located just 15 miles east of Bend, Oregon Badlands is a 30,000-acre wilderness area filled with fascinating lava flows and ancient juniper trees Arriving in the Badlands, so named for its rugged and harsh terrain, can feel like stepping

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Young Desert Horned Lizard

Young Desert Horned Lizard

In the summer these lizards begin foraging for food as soon as their body temperature rises as the heat of the day increases. They feed on slow-moving, ground-dwelling insects. In the fall they hibernate by burying themselves in the sand.

Latin name: Phrysonoma platyrhinos

Organizer: Renee Patrick

Dates: October 17, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Region: Central Oregon

Difficulty Rating: Level 2: Moderate

Maximum Group Size: 11 participants

About the place

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.

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Trip timeline

  • Tuesday, October 17, 10 a.m.: Volunteers will meet at the trailhead, approximately 30 minutes from Bend, directions to project locations will be sent out before the trip.
  • Tuesday, October 17, 3:30 p.m.: We’ll head home by 3:30 p.m.

Difficulty

Level 2

This project will focus on a fence removal project. We will be using hand tools to remove barbed wire and hiking up to 4 miles.

Participant responsibilities

Sturdy hiking shoes/boots, long pants, and eye protection are required for this trip (sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses are suitable eye protection). Please bring work gloves if you have them. Be prepared to be away from the vehicles all day and please bring a day pack, along with your lunch, snacks and plenty of water. 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.

Gear provided

ONDA will provide all tools required for the work as well as extra work gloves and eye protection. We will bring extra water, expert leadership and perspective on current high desert conservation priorities.

Registration

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.

Apply now

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, 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.