Before and After Stewardship

Maria Johnson

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Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”

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Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

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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.”

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Jeremy Austin

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Jeremy Austin

Removing Barbed Wire on the High Lakes Plateau

Volunteers removed ~1.5 miles of barbed wire fence from the High Lakes region, an important migration corridor for pronghorn antelope south of Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. These accomplishments were reached in partnership with Lakeview BLM.

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Mark Darnell

Rehabilitating a Trail on Steens Mountain

Over the past two years, ONDA volunteers tackled trail maintenance on a steep alternate route to the Oregon Desert Trail in the Steens Mountain Wilderness. The Nye Trail uses 22 switchbacks to climb up one mile out of the Little Blitzen Gorge to reach the top of the rim at the Cold Springs Road. Part of the challenge in maintaining this trail was trying to re-bench the trail tread to make it wide enough for both equestrians and hikers. Multiple springs run into and along the trail, making water management an issue, and abundant vegetation grows into and out of the trail corridor. The steep grade necessitated taking plenty of breaks to enjoy the view before clearing the next stretch of trail. Luckily, the scenery was well worth the sweat equity. A special thanks to the Burns BLM for working with us to accomplish this momentous undertaking.

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Corinne Handelman

Restoring Habitat in Cottonwood Canyon

Hay Creek’s habitat is already being dramatically improved by the tireless work of ONDA volunteers.  Last season, volunteers protected hundreds of established trees with fencing. This season, volunteers constructed six beaver dam analogs and planted 2,500 additional riparian shrubs and trees. All of this work adds up to a lasting improvement in the streamside habitat. This work is being done in partnership with Oregon State Parks.

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Before and After Stewardship

The difference that ONDA volunteers can make in just a few hours or days of working together is pretty incredible. Here are a few before and after pictures to give you a taste and you’ll find even more photos in our post-trip photo albums. As we return to project locations season after season and...

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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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Giving Wild Animals Freedom to Roam

Volunteers remove obsolete fence from more than 90,000 acres in the Steens Mountain Wilderness The 97,229 acre cow-free portion of the Steens Mountain Wilderness Area in southeastern Oregon is now completely free of obsolete barbed wire fence, thanks to the work of Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) volunteers who removed the last two miles...

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Service at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

Carol Savonen is a member of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a group formed initially by older women to champion America’s public lands. Here, she shares the experience the Broads had on a recent trip to the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. This past June, 25 Oregon members of the Great Old Broads for...

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