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June 2020

Ask an Expert: ONDA’s Conservation Vision

June 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
lupines, Pueblo Mountains

Join us to "talk shop" with ONDA's Executive Director, Ryan Houston. We'll reflect on the outlook for desert conservation in 2020 and beyond, share thoughts on how to support wild places from afar, and take your questions! This is an interactive digital event, which you can live-stream from the comfort of your home. Registration has now closed for this event. Meet Ryan Houston Ryan stepped into ONDA's executive director role in 2018, with 20 years of experience in the conservation…

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Ask a Pair of Experts: Environmental Policy

June 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us to "talk shop" with ONDA's in-house experts on environmental policy, Program Director Mark Salvo and Senior Attorney Mac Lacy. We'll reflect on the history of ONDA's legal work, share thoughts on how Covid-19 might impact conservation policy, and take your questions! This is an interactive digital event, which you can live-stream from the comfort of your home. Registration has now closed for this event.   Meet Mac Lacy Mac became ONDA’s staff attorney in 2001, after serving as…

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Remarkable Desert Rivers

June 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Why do you value wild rivers? Join us for a short video screening and a thoughtful dialogue between Chad Brown of Soul River, Inc. and ONDA's Gena Goodman-Campbell as they share personal reflections on the value of remarkable desert rivers. Then, Gena will introduce us to some lesser-known streams, rivers and lakes that are worth conserving in a unique opportunity to protect more waterways across Oregon's high desert! This is a digital event, which you can live-stream from the comfort…

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September 2020

Member Q&A with Ryan Houston

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join ONDA's executive director Ryan Houston for this live-streaming question and answer session. Ryan will provide updates on top conservation priorities across Oregon's high desert and share information about how you can get involved with our work this fall. Registration has now closed for this event. Ryan Houston has served as ONDA’s executive director role since 2018, bringing his perspective from 20 years of experience in the conservation sector. Prior to his career at ONDA, Ryan served as the executive…

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New Hikes in Eastern Oregon

September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

During this virtual event, Oregon's hiking guru will take you on a slideshow tour of a dozen new trails he found while researching the third edition of his book, "100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon." Hear about a colorful badlands on the Owyhee River, a stunning wilderness with cactus flowers on the John Day, and a viewpoint hike to a ranch at the east end of the Columbia Gorge. We'll even explore half a dozen little-known hot springs. As always, Sullivan…

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October 2020

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

October 2 @ 6:00 pm

Oregon Natural Desert Association presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival! Join us for an evening of short films showcasing our earth’s natural wonders and the amazing stories of activists working to conserve the environment. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is fully virtual this year. Enjoy our lineup of the year's best conservation films, screened in HD, from the comfort of your home. The virtual waiting room will open at 5:30PM, and the livestream will start at 6:00PM. A recording…

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October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm

ONDA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Oregon’s first desert wilderness with #SteensWeek, a series of online events and activations starting on October 3 and running through October 9. Saturday, Oct 3 - Steens Turns 20 - On October 30, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000, to maintain the cultural, economic, ecological, and social health of the Steens Mountain in perpetuity. We'll share the story of protecting this wilderness on our…

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Steens Rivers

October 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Big Alvord Creek in fall with steam rising from creek, Steens

Beloved Steens waterways like Kiger and Wildhorse Creeks were protected as Wild and Scenic Rivers by the Steens Act, but many others were left unprotected. Now, we have a remarkable opportunity to secure Wild and Scenic River status for other important Steens Mountain creeks – if we all speak up! You’ll learn which Steens waterways still need protection and how to use your voice to ensure they are conserved forever as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Join ONDA’s Public Lands Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell for this live-streaming event from the comfort of your own home.  Registration…

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Exploring Steens Facebook Live Q&A

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
two empty camp chairs a stump and two beverages

Pull up a camp chair, grab a beverage and have your questions ready! You'll be psyched to explore Steens Mountain when you listen in on a Facebook Live Q&A between Lace Thornberg, communications manager at ONDA and Matt Wastradowski, co-author of Pacific Northwest Hiking 

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20 Years of Steens Stewardship

October 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
woman pulling barbed wire fence on Steens Mountain

Join us for a look back at milestones from 20 years of advocating for and restoring Steens Mountain, in a live-stream presentation led by Corinne Handelman, ONDA's engagement manager, along with special guests photographer and frequent ONDA volunteer Sage Brown and ONDA's program director Mark Salvo. With a history ranging from legal victories to backcountry stories, this event will dive deep into the complexity of a long-term conservation vision and leave you inspired to look ahead toward the next 20…

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