South Fork Fence Build #3
September 30 - October 3
This is an exciting and very physically demanding trip. We will backpack to an inholding owned by the Oregon Desert Land Trust within the South Fork Crooked River Wilderness Study Area (WSA) to continue building an important fence around 80 acres on the river.
This fence will accomplish many things. It will allow for better-managed grazing within the WSA, directly exclude cattle from nearly a mile of river, and enable ONDA to plant willows and cottonwoods along the river in the future.
This is a physically challenging trip. Fence building materials and tools are already cached along the proposed fence line, but you will need to be able to backpack your personal camping gear and food 3.5 miles into the work site. From that central campsite, you will hike uphill each day to where the fenceline crosses the hillside and work on steep and often unstable hillsides.
Trip highlights include being in a lovely secluded river canyon. Views from the fenceline are gorgeous, and backpacking food never tastes as good as after a day of challenging work.