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Steens Mountain Fence Flagging with BHA
July 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - July 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Greater sage-grouse serve as indicator species for the overall health of sagebrush habitat across the West.
Flying into barbed wire fences near sage-grouse mating grounds, which are called leks, is a significant source of mortality for sage-grouse. Volunteer on this stewardship trip and youwill hike cross-country and attach reflective tags on up to 10 miles of fence to increase the visibility of the wire and reduce collisions. No prior experience required.
Trip highlights include opportunities to explore the largest fault block mountain in North America – Steens Mountain. Stretching some 50 miles and reaching a mile vertically, with summits that overlook the Alvord Desert, wide canyons and the Donner und Blitzen River, Steens Mountain is a beautiful place to spend a weekend.
Challenges include hiking several miles following fence lines cross country (up to eight miles round-trip. The hiking takes place at elevations between 5,000 – 7,000’, and hot daytime temperatures are always a possibility this time of year.
*This trip is offered in collaboration with the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.