Author: Gena Goodman-Campbell | Published: October 3, 2022 | Category: Notes from the Field
Desert streams and rivers are the lifeblood of Oregon’s high desert, but many of these essential riparian areas have been negatively impacted from over a century of grazing and other agricultural uses. A healthy streambank looks like a lush thicket with trees and shrubs providing shade for the stream. Lacking the streamside trees and shrubs, degraded streams are often too warm to support native fish and wildlife, and are even less resilient in the face of climate change, drought and wildfire.
ONDA’s riparian restoration work focuses on using science-based planting techniques to:
- increase biodiversity in streamside ecosystems
- decrease stream temperatures, and
- provide a variety of other benefits for desert fish and wildlife that depend on these oases.
Join one of our fall planting trips to help bring about the transformation of degraded desert creeks into thriving, resilient waterways.