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Restoration Work Trips, Parties and Gatherings

People are at the heart of what we do. That's why we host a variety of events that build our community. From educational events, to social gatherings, fundraisers, calendar exhibitions and restoration work trips, there's something for everyone.

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Find Adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail in Ontario

Come find out more about Oregon's new long-distance hiking route in your backyard!

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Portland High Desert Speaker Series | Dan Morse: Lesser Known Oregon Public Lands

ONDA Conservation Director Dan Morse will reveal some of the most spectacular (and shockingly overlooked) areas of Oregon’s high desert. Come for a night of inspiration and learn more about ONDA's work to protect public lands.

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Find Adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail in Boise

Learn about Oregon’s new long distance trail in Boise’s backyard. Hot springs, wide open vistas, and incredible geology await explorers on the route, and one will be much more likely to see herds of pronghorn antelope and the well-camouflaged sage-grouse than other people

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Bend High Desert Speaker Series | Finding Artistic Inspiration in the High Desert

Our fourth and final High Desert Speaker Series event in Bend will conclude with a discussion of the many varied ways that desert landscapes inspire us, featuring a panel of award-winning artists whose muse is the high desert itself.

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Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Spring)

Our third year of a five year effort to help restore beaver and fish habitat on four miles of the South Fork Crooked River. Thanks to a long-time collaboration with a private conservation lands owner, we are over half-way through with this ambitious project involving tens of thousands of plantings and a half-dozen beaver dam analogues. On this trip we'll show you a new better way to plant willows and cottonwoods to help continue the area's transformation.

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2017 Alder Springs Clean-up and Trail Maintenance

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 May 19 (Friday PM) to 21 (Sunday PM) Located on Whychus Creek, Alder Springs is a true oasis in the high desert and a popular hiking destination. Join ONDA’s Central Oregon Coordinator, Gena Goodman-Campbell, some “spring cleaning” of the Alder Springs trail, as well as opportunities for hiking and exploration. Click HERE for photos from previous work trips to Alder Springs. Click HERE for more information and to register.

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Camp Creek Riparian Restoration

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 June 1 (Thursday PM) to June 4 (Sunday AM) Part of a major two-year push to increase the "Climate Resiliency" of John Day tributaries: We will be working on this important bull trout stream in the forests of the upper John Day. A landmark collaborative with ranchers and the Forest Service, we will be planting riparian trees, and repairing Beaver Dam Analogues and riparian exclosure fences.

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Badlands Wilderness Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5 June 2 (Friday PM) to June 4 (Sunday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. The BLM plans to build a new trail in the Oregon 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. We will gather lava rocks and build cairns to mark new sections of the Mazama Ash Trail, and also add cairns to the existing Sand Lilly Trail to aid in navigation.

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2017 Hampton Butte Aspen Restoration

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 June 8 (Thursday PM) June 11 (Sunday AM) Explore the backcountry around Hampton Butte at the heart of ONDA's Hidden Springs Wilderness Proposal, while helping restore aspen habitat that provides a critical refuge for wildlife. Led by Central Oregon Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell, volunteers will spend two days working in remote aspen stands to remove young juniper trees using hand tools.

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Wildlands Monitoring Training

ONDA has formed cooperative agreements with several BLM district offices to help them monitor conditions within Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) throughout Eastern Oregon. Independent Stewards will spearhead the effort to help get this important work accomplished. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program and training dates.

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Fremont National Recreation Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail

Difficulty Rating: 5 of 5 June 22 (Thursday AM) to June 25 (Sunday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. We will be clearing trees from the shared trail corridor in the Fremont National Forest with the help of a trained sawyer, brushing and maintaining the trail tread in a stunning ridge-top section of the Fremont National Recreation Trail.

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Steens Mountain Wilderness Trail Work along Oregon Desert Trail (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 5 of 5 August 3 (Thursday noon) to August 7 (Monday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. We will be backpacking into and working along the Big Indian Gorge Trail, clearing downed trees, brushing and maintaining the trail tread in this iconic high desert landscape

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Steens Mountain Wilderness Trail Work along Blitzen River Trail (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 4 of 5 August 17 (Thursday PM) to August 20 (Sunday PM) For the first year, ONDA has several opportunities for trail work near the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. We will be maintaining several miles of trail out of Page Springs Campground up the Donner und Blitzen River. This trail provides an interesting alternate to the current ODT route, and our work to maintain the popular trail will help others discover this beautiful river canyon.

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Last Annual Steens Mountain Backcountry Fence Pull

Annual Last Steens Mountain Backcountry Fence Pull Difficulty Rating: 4 of 5 August 23 (Wednesday PM) to August 27 (Sunday PM) Celebrate a favorite volunteer trip and ONDAs 30th anniversary by removing the last remaining fence within Steens Mountain Wilderness! An ONDA classic that volunteers look forward to every year. Backpack out to the basecamp at "Cold Springs" and spend several days pulling out the last remaining miles of obsolete fence in the cow-free Steens. Click HERE to see photos from last years fence pull. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

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Wiwaanyatt Creek Riparian Restoration in Malheur National Forest

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 September 14 (Thursday PM) to September 17 (Sunday AM) Come lend a hand on the second season of this cooperative project working to restore the "Climate Resiliency" to several Upper John Day River tributaries. Now that grazing is excluded from these riparian reaches, we can get to work restoring this critical Steelhead habitat together.

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Fence Pull

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Fence Pull Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5 September 14 (Thursday PM) to September 17 (Sunday AM) The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge provides thousands of acres of critical habitat for avian species. We'll stay at the historic P Ranch under the backdrop of Steens Mountain and work in the nearby meadows to remove obsolete fence. Volunteers will camp, hike, restore and explore this incredible area. Click HERE for photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

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2017 National Public Lands Day Devils Garden Fence Pull

National Public Lands Day Devils Garden Fence Pull Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5 September 29 (Thursday PM) to October 1 (Sunday AM) In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management's Prineville and Lakeview District, volunteers will help remove two obsolete fences; one near Fox Butte and one within the Devils Garden Wilderness Study Area. Join ONDA, BLM staff, and other volunteers for a fun weekend of exploring some remote areas close to Bend. Click HERE to see photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and to register.

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Riparian Planting on South Fork Crooked River (Fall)

South Fork Crooked River Riparian Restoration (Fall) Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5 October 5 (Thursday PM) to October 8 (Sunday AM) Our third year of a five year effort to help restore beaver and fish habitat on four miles of the South Fork Crooked River. Thanks to a long-time collaboration with a private conservation lands owner, we are over half-way through with this ambitious project involving tens of thousands of plantings and a half-dozen beaver dam analogues. On this trip we'll be planting potted root-stock trees to help continue the area's transformation.

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Cottonwood Canyon State Park Post Fire Restoration

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5 October 12 (Thurs. PM) to 15 (Sunday AM) Located on the John Day River, Cottonwood Canyon State Park is Oregon's newest and second largest state park. Hay Creek Canyon, a beautiful part of the park which flows into the John Day River, burned last year. Volunteers will help to replant and clean up the canyon to allow this important area to recover from the effects of the recent fire.

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