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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Fence Retrofit – 1
March 15 @ 1:00 pm - March 18 @ 10:00 am
ONDA has formed a new partnership with the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument to retrofit all of the fences along the boundary of the monument for the benefit of wildlife. This year, we will be working on the Clarno Unit of the National Monument.
Barbed wire fences present barriers to wildlife movement and fragment landscapes but are sometimes necessary to manage livestock grazing. On this stewardship trip, volunteers will remove the top and bottom strands of barbed wire and replace them with smooth wire. This makes it much easier and safer for wildlife to both jump over the fence and crawl underneath of it.
Volunteers will use hand-tools to remove the barbed wire and work together to string out and stretch the new smooth wire. The group will be car camping nearby in a beautiful grove of poplar trees on the nearby Pine Creek Conservation Area. No previous experience is required. ONDA will provide all necessary training in order to conduct the fence work.
Trip highlights include a behind the scenes tour of the Clarno Unit with the staff paleontologist and improving wildlife habitat near the beautiful John Day River.
Challenges include varying tasks associated with fence work, and the potential cold of early spring trips.