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The Oregon Natural Desert Association celebrates the diversity of people involved in our work and highlights what we have in common - a shared love of Oregon's deserts.

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.

Volunteer of the Year 2016

Volunteer of the Year 2016

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at May 22, 2017 08:52 AM |

Every year, one outstanding individual is honored with the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s Volunteer of the Year award. In April 2017, this special recognition was bestowed upon Bonnie Olin, indefatigable ambassador for the Owyhee Canyonlands.

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Ultra runner Stephanie Howe Violett gets her hands dirty with ONDA

Ultra runner Stephanie Howe Violett gets her hands dirty with ONDA

Posted by Barksdale Brown at May 09, 2017 12:40 PM |

Bend resident and The North Face ambassador Stephanie Howe Violett is a world-class endurance athlete, whose Nordic skiing and ultra running has taken her all over the world. Before racing in the prestigious Western States 100 – the oldest 100-mile race that that starts in Squaw Valley and finishes in Auburn, California – Stephanie had to contribute volunteer hours to qualify. She spent them in the field with ONDA.

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Climate change in the sagebrush sea

Climate change in the sagebrush sea

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Apr 24, 2017 10:25 AM |

Climate change is an issue for the sagebrush sea. With climate marches happening across the nation on Saturday, ONDA sat down with Dr. Megan Creutzburg, a researcher at Oregon State University’s Institute for Natural Resources, to learn more about what Oregon's high desert faces due to climate change.

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A voice from the next generation

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Apr 18, 2017 07:19 AM |

This Earth Day, 13-year-old Bend middle schooler Jack Strang shares how he is already thinking about the importance of conserving our wild high desert places.

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Exploring Eastern Oregon by Boat

Posted by Renee Patrick at Apr 03, 2017 09:22 AM |

ONDA Oregon Desert Trail Coordinator Renee Patrick shares a "water alternate" option to the hiking route on the Chewaucan River. She likes to say, “rivers are trails too” and hopes others are inspired to view our desert landscapes from a different angle.

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30 Years in the High Desert

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Mar 22, 2017 10:10 AM |

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.

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Celebrating 30 years of high desert conservation

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Mar 14, 2017 02:28 PM |

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.

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Public Lands, Common Ground: Desert Conference

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Feb 16, 2017 10:54 AM |

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.

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Sawyer Products Supports the Oregon Desert Trail

Posted by Renee Patrick at Feb 03, 2017 08:41 AM |

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.

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Getting inspired, getting involved

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jan 12, 2017 08:55 AM |

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.

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Looking ahead to 2017

Looking ahead to 2017

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Jan 01, 2017 07:05 AM |

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.

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Rich cultural history at Rimrock Draw Shelter

Rich cultural history at Rimrock Draw Shelter

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Dec 06, 2016 02:48 PM |

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.

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Now more than ever, we need the gratitude at the core of #OptOutside

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Nov 22, 2016 11:20 AM |

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.

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Opt Outside this fall on the Oregon Desert Trail

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Nov 15, 2016 03:10 PM |

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.

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A Fall Hiking Perspective on the Oregon Desert Trail

Posted by Renee Patrick at Nov 02, 2016 11:05 AM |

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.

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Monitoring habitat in Oregon's high desert

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Oct 19, 2016 03:15 PM |

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.

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ONDA volunteers pull obsolete fence at Malheur Refuge

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Oct 03, 2016 03:05 PM |

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.

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Letting go in Oregon's high desert

Posted by Heidi Hagemeier at Sep 29, 2016 10:15 AM |

From Jethro Tull to amazing silence, a stewardship trip to the Greater Hart-Sheldon Region has one newbie hooked on Oregon's high desert.

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Elliott Dubreuil's Desert Legacy

Posted by Barksdale Brown at Sep 19, 2016 09:25 AM |

Louisiana native and longtime Bend resident Elliott Dubreuil left a lasting legacy supporting conservation in the high desert he grew to love.

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An Oregon Desert Trail adventure on the Owyhee River

Posted by Renee Patrick at Sep 19, 2016 03:54 PM |

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.

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