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Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

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What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  

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Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”

ONDA members and volunteers pictured:
in the 2, top to bottom, right to left: Mary Beth Pinon, long-nosed snake, Barbara Engel, John Bauman, Susan Zimmerman, Danny Archibald, Taylor Goforth, Erik Fisher, mariposa lily, John Sterling

in the 0, top to bottom, right to left: caterpillar, Carol Knuston, Helen Harbin, Mark Webster, Karen Garber, Lex Shapiro, Adam Marx, Fred Sawyer, Marilynne Keyser

in the 1, top to bottom, right to left: Chris Scranton, Bruce Jim, Jeff Woods, Abby and Latigo of the Paisley Youth Conservation Corps, Pete Collier

in the 8, top to bottom, right to left: youth Annual General Meeting participant, John Katzenstein, Jamey Pyles, Brittany Leffel, Mandy Bonahoom, Katy Bartzokis, Terry Butler, Elisa Cheng

Give yourself a pat on the back! You accomplished so much for Oregon’s desert this year! Flip through this year in review for just a handful of the many great stories to come out of 2018.

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Journey

If you read part one of Mark’s journey, you will recall his original plan to spend two months in the spring visiting lesser-known wilderness study areas (WSAs) and to bring back pictures for possible publication in ONDA’s upcoming Wild Desert Calendar. Although his aim was to photograph these areas, his mission turned in to something unexpected, much...

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Journey

ONDA’s Wild Desert Calendar spurred Mark Darnell to visit Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) throughout Oregon on the hunt for his own high desert images. Mark takes us through his adventures visiting lesser-know WSAs and shares how that journey became so much bigger than what he had expected. Story and images by Mark Darnell The hunting...

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Trip of a Lifetime

ONDA member Robin Kaai recently took part in a stewardship trip in the John Day River Basin. Here she offers you her recap. Dear fellow ONDA members, When registration for ONDA’s John Day River fence pull trip opened in February, I responded immediately … but this popular trip fills quickly. Waitlisted! Luckily for me, within...

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High Desert Speaker Series 2018

Eastern Oregon is an incredible place to live, work and explore, with thousands of stories just waiting to be revealed. ONDA’s popular High Desert Speaker Series features knowledgeable and inspiring storytellers who bring the intriguing aspects of this vast region to light. So far in 2018, we’ve dived into the region’s geologic history, the...

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Here’s what you made possible in 2017

2017 has been somewhat akin to being caught on an exposed rocky outcropping in a lightning storm. But like the heavenly smell of sage after a good rain, there’s a silver lining: your commitment to high desert conservation. Thanks to you, it’s been a banner year for the Oregon Natural Desert Association. 438 dedicated...

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2017 Oregon Desert Trail Milestones

ONDA members played a big part in the successes this year on the Oregon Desert Trail! Take a look below at some of the accomplishments this year:  

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We asked, you answered: Keep delivering conservation wins

The results of our most recent member survey In early November, we surveyed our members to check in on the work that matters most to you.  Nearly 300 of you responded.  Thank you! Whether it was in multiple choice questions or the open-ended answers, the prevailing theme was: “keep it up!” Here’s what we...

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The New ONDA.org

Welcome to the new ONDA website. Well, hello there reader! If this is your first time visiting ONDA’s website, you can skip right past this post and carry on in your exploration of this site. Those of you who have been following ONDA for a few years will have noticed that our website looks...

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