Hard-working ONDA volunteers have planted thousands of trees, restored dozens of miles of streams, decommissioned old roads, and removed enough barbed wire to stretch from one end of Oregon to the other. They’ve also toiled endlessly in our offices, written letters, attended meetings and events, all toward one goal: giving our deserts a voice. View ONDA volunteer opportunities here.
2017 marked the first time ONDA led trail-specific volunteer trips that included building new trail in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, maintaining existing trail along the Fremont National Recreation Trail, and two trail maintenance projects in the Steens Mountain Wilderness.
The next round of Oregon Desert Trail stewardship projects opened for registration on February 19, 2018.
Recap of volunteer projects on the Oregon Desert Trail in 2017
- Oregon Badlands Wilderness: ONDA partnered with the Prineville BLM District to build a new trail in the Badlands Wilderness, not only expanding the trail network in this important desert landscape close to Bend, but replacing a short cross country section of the ODT with a cairn-marked route. Two miles of new trail were built, .5 miles along the Oregon Desert Trail Corridor. View photos here
- Fremont National Forest: Volunteers cleared all down trees from an 11-mile section of shared trail corridor along the Fremont National Recreation Trail in partnership with the Fremont Forest Service. Three and a half miles of trail were brushed and maintained including building 7 new drainage structures. View photos here
- Steens Mountain Wilderness (Big Indian Gorge): ONDA volunteers backpacked into the scenic Big Indian Gorge to partner with the Burns BLM District in this project. Over 5 days volunteers cleared all down trees from the Big Indian Gorge Trail by hand, and brushed 2 miles of the shared trail corridor near the entrance to the gorge. View photos here
- Steens Mountain Wilderness (Blitzen River Trail): Volunteers backpacked along the Donner und Blitzen River out of Page Springs Campground to build a half-mile high water alternate route to an eroded section of trail. View photos here
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
From time to time volunteer assistance is needed to support Oregon Desert Trail presentations and events, future opportunties will be posted here and will also be listed on our events page.