Canceled: Deschutes River Ranch Riparian Restoration




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Organizer: Jefferson Jacobs

Start Date: 4/22/2020

End Date: 4/23/2020

Region: Central Oregon

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5

Maximum Group Size: 25 participants

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 install cardboard “weed mat” around plants which were installed last year.  The work consists of carefully laying out overlapping sheets of cardboard around the plants, and then covering the surface with 2 inches of soil to hold the cardboard in place.

As usual, 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.

Trip timeline

This project involves 2 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.

  • April 22 and 23, Wednesday and Thursday 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.
  • If you are unable to attend both days, you are still welcome to join!  Just let the trip leader know via e-mail after you have registered (


This project involves day-trips, with no overnight camping available on site.


This trip 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 and sleep in your own bed.

Trip highlights and challenges

  • Helping to make dramatic improvements to local habitat that you can actually see.
  • Fun and variable work.
  • Day trip work

Participant responsibilities

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 that is not required.

Gear provided

ONDA will provide the tools for the work (including work gloves if you don’t have a pair) and excellent guidance in the field.


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.

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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.