About the place
The Deschutes River Ranch is a private property on the Deschutes River just downstream of Tumalo. The owners approached ONDA to help them improve the quality of the riparian habitat along both sides of several miles of the property. The work that ONDA volunteers do will be protected by conservation easements. By returning willows and cottonwood to the riparian system we will be helping shade the water, and provide critical habitat for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.
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About the stewardship work
ONDA volunteers will be helping to construct simple fenced exclosures to protect the plantings, and watering in plantings after they have installed in hand-dug and pre-augured and holes. Other tasks will involve pounding posts, hauling materials, hauling water buckets, re-filling holes with dirt, and wiring fence to posts.
As always there is no experience necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know to work safely and effectively. There is ample opportunity to work at your own pace and on aspects that work best with your physical capabilities.
This project involves 3 day-trips, with no overnight camping available on site. Participants can take part in as few or as many days on the project as they wish. Due to the variability of weather at this time of year, work days may get shifted to accommodate.
- November 13, 14, 15, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.: Each day we will meet in the morning and line out the day’s work depending on weather and volunteer availability. We will finish work by 4 p.m.
This project involves 3 day-trips, with no overnight camping available on site.
The biggest difficulty involved with this project will likely be weather, and staying warm. However, the work should be fairly laid back, allowing everyone to pace themselves and regulate their own level of effort, switch between various available tasks of varying intensities and rest as needed. And as an added bonus you get to go home each night, warm up and sleep in your own bed.
Trip highlights and challenges
- Helping to make dramatic improvements that you can actually see.
- Fun and variable work.
- Day trip work
Participants are responsible for their own food snacks and water, as well as transportation to and from the trip. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots are recommended for this trip, but depending on weather, warm rubber boots would be good too. Participants should be prepared with clothing layers, food and water to spend the full day outside working under changing conditions. We recommend bringing your own work gloves to provide a comfortable fit. But it is not required.
ONDA will provide the tools for the work (including work gloves if you don’t have a pair), excellent guidance in the field, and some nice treats such as hot water and coffee to keep cozy if the weather is foul.
An ONDA registration application and medical form are required for this trip. Check the box next to each trip you would like to attend. You only need to fill this form out once per year.
What happens next?
You will receive a confirmation email within 10 working days 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 “waitlist.”
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, car-pooling options, 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.