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2017 Calender of Volunteer Work Trips

A complete listing of ONDA's volunteer work trips scheduled for 2017. New opportunities often arise throughout the year.

Save the Date, Save the Desert!

Find a complete listing of ONDA's volunteer work trips scheduled for 2017 below. Please note that several trips are now full with extensive wait lists. These trips are listed as (NOW FULL) below. However new opportunities to volunteer are always popping up. To be kept up to date, sign up to receive email updates.

To ensure you choose trips that meet your expectations, take a moment to review our trip "Difficulty Rating" system.

Denny Jones Ranch Planting Project with Burns Paiute Tribe (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
March 20 (Monday PM) to March 22 (Wednesday PM)

The Burns Paiute Tribe acquired this property located near Juntura, Oregon in 2000. The ranch consists of 6,385 acres of meadow, wetland, and sagebrush steppe habitats along the Malheur River which is managed for: improving critical habitat for fish and wildlife populations, controlling/eradicating weed populations, improving water quality, and preserving cultural resources for tribal members. Join ONDA for an exploration of this incredible property and to help restore it.Click HERE for photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Hart Mountain Sage-Grouse Lek Monitoring Trip (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
March 28 (Tuesday PM) to March 31 (Friday AM)
This trip is one of ONDA's most popular. Join us for three mornings of waking up long before dawn to watch these incredible birds strut their stuff as the sun rises over the distant Steens Mountain. In addition to watching these birds strut, we will work to make fences safer for wildlife by installing high visibility reflectors along the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge fence boundary.  Click HERE for photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Bridge Creek Cottonwood Planting Trip

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
April 3 (Monday PM) to April 6 (Thursday AM)
Bridge Creek is one of the best examples of collaborative restoration in the Northwest. ONDA will be working with the BLM to help plant and cage small cottonwoods along the banks of this important tributary of the John Day. A great trip to get your hands dirty and learn more about this important restoration work. Click HERE for photos of a similar planting trip last year. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Annual General Meeting (A few spaces left!)

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
April 14 (Friday PM) to April 16 (Sunday AM)
A favorite event for over a decade.  Join us at Hancock Field Station for a weekend of volunteering, music, food and fun.  There will be opportunities to remove juniper and cage  riparian plants coming up along the creek. Click HERE for photos from last year's trip. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Owyhee River Rafting Trip (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
April 17 (Monday PM) to April 22 (Saturday PM)

Join ONDA and Ouzel Outfitters for a fully outfitted rafting trip in one of the most remote, wild places in the lower 48: The Wild & Scenic Owyhee River! Spend five days and four nights in Oregon's Grand Canyon, as we float along the mighty Owyhee amidst painted rocks, cathedral spires and emerald green waters. To know Oregon’s best kept secret is to love it! Cost: $1000 per person. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links. Owyhee River trips are operated by Ouzel Outfitters, an authorized BLM Special Recreation Permit holder. (Please note: This trip is FULL with a 30-person wait list.)

Muleshoe Creek Riparian Restoration (Spring)

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
April 20 (Thursday PM) to April 23 (Sunday AM)
ONDA has a new opportunity to collaborate with a private conservation lands owner as part of a project to increase the "Climate Resiliency" of tributaries of the John Day River.  Come join us for the first of two trips where we are helping restore habitat on a mile of protected stream. We will be using some novel new planting techniques and caging some of the vegetation already coming up in the area to temporarily protect it from deer browse. Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

South Fork Crooked River Riparian Restoration (Spring) (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
May 4 (Thursday PM) to May 7 (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 teach you a new way to plant willows and cottonwoods to help continue the area's transformation. Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

John Day Float and Fence Pull: Clarno to Cottonwood (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5
May 10 (Wednesday AM) to May 14 (Sunday PM)

Enjoy a five-day guided float through 70 miles of the lower section of the Wild and Scenic John Day River with great food, scenic vistas, and time spent sleeping under the stars.  The itinerary includes a day of fence pulling, some exploring and hiking, and three days of floating through great scenery.  This fun and unique trip is a wonderful way to experience a remote part of the John Day River. Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register. John Day River trips are operated by Ouzel Outfitters, an authorized BLM Special Recreation Permit holder.

Alder Springs Clean-up and Trail Maintenance (NOW FULL)
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.


Camp Creek River Riparian Restoration Malheur National Forest (NOW FULL)

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 River 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. Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Hart Mountain Juniper Removal (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
June 5 (Monday PM) to June 8 (Thursday AM)
Over the last 85 years, western juniper woodlands in Oregon have expanded by an estimated four-fold. The rapid expansion is causing a reduction in sagebrush communities and has been determined to be a threat to sage-grouse survival. ONDA volunteers will work to improve the health of Hart Mountain's sage-steppe ecosystem by removing young junipers from the landscape. Click HERE for pictures from last years trip. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Badlands Wilderness Trail Work along the Oregon Desert Trail (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5
June 2 (Friday PM) to June 4 (Sunday PM)
For the first year, ONDA is offering several opportunities for trail work along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) corridor. The BLM plans to build a new trail in the 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. Click HERE to see pictures of the Oregon Desert Trail in the Badlands Wilderness. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Hampton Buttes Aspen Restoration (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
June 8 (Thursday PM) June 11 (Sunday PM)
Explore the backcountry around Hampton Buttes 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. Click HERE for pictures of a previous inventory project in the Hampton Buttes area. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Bridge Creek Stream Clean-up

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
June 14 (Wednesday PM) to June 16 (Friday PM)
ONDA and its volunteers have been working to restore Bridge Creek for more than 10 years. On this trip we will work with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Wheeler County residents, local watershed councils and the National Parks Service to remove obsolete plastic tree tubes from the stream corridor, once necessary to protect plantings from ungulate and beaver browse, now no longer needed. A great trip to observe the benefits of extensive restoration work that has occurred on Bridge Creek over the past ten years. Click HERE for photos of a similar trip from last year. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

Fremont National Recreation Trail Work along the Oregon Desert Trail

(Spots Available)

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 on a stunning ridge-top section of the Fremont National Recreation Trail. Click HERE to see pictures of the Oregon Desert Trail in the Fremont National Forest. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Steens Mountain Wilderness Trail Work along the 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. Click HERE to see pictures of the Oregon Desert Trail along the Big Indian Gorge Trail. Click HERE for more information and to register.

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. Click HERE to see pictures of the trail along the Donner und Blitzen River. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Last Annual Steens Mountain Backcountry Fence Pull (NOW FULL)

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 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.

Wiwaanyatt Creek Riparian Restoration in Malheur National Forest (NOW FULL)

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. Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Fence Pull (NOW FULL)

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.

National Public Lands Day Devils Garden Fence Pull (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
September 28 (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.

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. Click HERE to see pictures of last year's trip. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park Post Fire Restoration Project (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 5
October 12 (Thurs. PM) to October 15 (Sunday AM)
Located on the John Day River, Cottonwood Canyon State Park is Oregon's newest and second largest state park. Volunteers will help restore Hay Creek Canyon, which burned last year, explore the remote canyons of this Oregon treasure and experience true solitude. While ONDA volunteers work in a lot of beautiful places, the rugged beauty of this park rivals that of any other east side jewel. Click HERE for images from a previous trip to Cottonwood State Park. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Malheur River Riparian Restoration in Malheur National Forest

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5
October 19 (Thursday PM) to October 22 (Sunday AM)
This area definitely needs our help, and ONDA is proud to lend a hand!  Come help rescue riparian vegetation trapped inside too-small cages and give it a chance to grow and recolonize the river banks.  Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Badlands Wilderness Eastern Boundary Fence Build (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5
October 19 (Thursday PM) to October 21 (Saturday PM)
Sometimes building fence is a good thing. Join ONDA volunteers and the Prineville BLM to build fence along the eastern boundary of the Badlands Wilderness. This new fence will help to streamline grazing allotments and minimize ATV trespass into the Wilderness. A great opportunity to get out and camp or just come for the day right outside of Bend. Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Muleshoe Creek Riparian Restoration (Fall)

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
November 2 (Thursday PM) to November 5 (Sunday AM)
Our second trip this season collaborating with a new private conservation lands owner as part of a project increasing the "Climate Resiliency" of tributaries of the John Day River.  On this trip we will be planting and caging several hundred riparian plants to increase species diversity  on a mile of protected stream. Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Beech Creek Beaver Dam Construction Malheur National Forest

Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 5
November 14 (Tuesday PM) to November 16 (Thursday PM)
Part of a major two-year push to increase the "Climate Resiliency" of John Day River tributaries:  We will help construct as many as twenty beaver dam analogues.  A great chance to contribute to important work if you can get away on this mid-week trip.  Click HERE to see pictures of similar trips. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Hart Mountain Mule Deer Survey (NOW FULL)

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5
November 16 (Thursday PM) to November 19 (Sunday PM)
Those volunteers who have been lucky enough to participate in sage-grouse lek counts know how much fun wildlife surveying is. This trip will be very similar but instead of navigating to predetermined sites to watch and count birds, we will be covering a defined survey area looking for and counting mule deer in order to provide the US Fish and Wildlife Service a sex and age composition of the herd. This is a great opportunity to explore the Refuge during the quiet season and view and photograph mule deer and other wildlife. Click HERE to see pictures from last year. Click HERE for additional trip details and registration links.

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