John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Fence Retrofit
May 14 @ 1:00 pm - May 17 @ 10:00 am
ONDA is in its second year of partnering 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, making it much easier and safer for wildlife to jump over the fence or crawl underneath it.
As a volunteer on this trip, you will use hand-tools to remove the barbed wire and work together to string out and stretch the new smooth wire. The group will car camp 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.