ONDA's Wild Desert Blog
Oregon Natural Desert Association knows that our wild desert lands will only be protected through the support of those who love them. This collection of stories from a variety of contributors reflects the diversity of people involved in our work and highlights what we have in common - a shared love of Oregon's deserts.
Solitude, limitless skies, one of the longest undammed rivers in the West ... what's not to love? Get a glimpse into Oregon's high desert and why ONDA -- now in its 30th year -- will continue working to protect, defend and restore these amazing public lands.
For the last 30 years, the Oregon Natural Desert Association has worked to protect, defend and restore the state's high desert. Thanks to the efforts of ONDA's members and supporters, the state now has its first three desert wilderness areas, critical wildlife habitat has been safeguarded and improved, and much more.
From conservationists to ranchers to professional land managers, Oregonians came together this fall to share how much they care about the future of our public lands at the Oregon Natural Desert Association's Desert Conference.
The addition of Sawyer Products to the growing list of outdoor companies that support the Oregon Desert Trail is an exciting development, as their water filtration systems have long been a go-to for light weight and dependable filters to carry on backcountry adventures around the world.
Bend resident Sarah Graham has long cherished the outdoors. But this past year inspired her to become active to help protect public lands, aiming to ensure they continue to belong to all Americans.
We have much to be thankful for in Oregon's high desert, says ONDA Executive Director Brent Fenty. And in the days ahead, we must not take it for granted.
Participants in an ONDA-sponsored archeological hike experienced the excitement of discovery and awe of antiquity at Rimrock Draw Rockshelter recently with Dr. Pat O’Grady, University of Oregon archeologist. Rimrock Draw is a recently discovered archeological site near Burns that is upending our understanding of prehistory in eastern Oregon.
Now more than ever, we need the gratitude that is at the core of #OptOutside to continue -- gratitude for the outdoors and our public lands. The danger to the future of our public lands is real. ONDA will be there to boldly and passionately advocate for our public lands during the days ahead.
Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick has been section hiking/packrafting the 750-mile route this year, and just recently completed the trail. Thanks to REI’s support of the Oregon Desert Trail, important work continues to help establish the trail, presenting more opportunities to #OptOutside this busy holiday season. Learn more about gifts the high desert and the ODT can provide you and your loved ones.
The Oregon Desert Trail’s first fall thru-hiker, Bob “Huck Finn” Jessee completed the route in 2015. Read about his adventure and tips for getting out in the shoulder season.
ONDA has created a monitoring program to quantify the current state of plant communities in key areas of Greater sage-grouse habitat in eastern Oregon.
Oregon Natural Desert Association volunteers pulled roughly 1.5 miles of obsolete barbed wire fence over three days at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon to help wildlife and celebrate our public lands.
From Jethro Tull to amazing silence, a stewardship trip to the Greater Hart-Sheldon Region has one newbie hooked on Oregon's high desert.
Louisiana native and longtime Bend resident Elliott Dubreuil left a lasting legacy supporting conservation in the high desert he grew to love.
ONDA Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick shared her preparation tactics for an exploratory packraft alternate on the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) in the Owyhee Canyonlands recently. Here she takes us along her 175-mile hike and packraft journey to investigate a “water alternate” to the ODT hiking route.
Central Oregon Wilderness Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell shares her experience leading a group of ONDA volunteers on an inventory of the Hampton Buttes backcountry last June.
Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick shares her unique preparation strategy for her recent summer hike/packraft of the eastern 175 miles of the Oregon Desert Trail in the Owyhee River Canyon.
Great Old Broads for Wilderness members recently spent four days with ONDA working and exploring the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. One of the primary purposes of the trip was to have a chance to experience an ecosystem that has been livestock-free for over 20 years.
ONDA summer intern Anne White describes her time spent in southeastern Oregon monitoring sagebrush habitat. She and her fellow intern collected data to help determine the health of the habitat for Greater sage-grouse.