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Denny Jones Ranch Planting Project with Burns Paiute Tribe

In partnership with the Burns Pauite Tribe, ONDA volunteers will help to replant the banks of the Malheur River outside of Juntura, Oregon.
When Mar 20, 2017 05:00 PM to
Mar 22, 2017 02:00 PM
Where Denny Jones Ranch east of Burns
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The Burns Paiute Tribe acquired the Denny Jones Ranch near Juntura, Oregon in 2000. This property consists of 6,385 acres of meadow, wetland, and sagebrush steppe habitats along the Malheur River. The Tribe is managing the property toward the objectives of improving critical habitat for fish and wildlife populations, controlling/eradicating weed populations, improving water quality, and preserving cultural resources for tribal members.


View of the Denny Jones Ranch
Denny Jones Ranch


Last year ONDA volunteers helped to remove .5 mile of weed barrier that kept invasive plants from overtaking the banks of the Malheur River. Now that the barrier has been removed, ONDA volunteers will help to plant this area with native trees and shrubs. 

HERE is a google map showing the general location of the work.

Denny Jones Ranch volunteers
Volunteers rejoice after a day of hard work.
Photo: Drew Wahlin


  • The rewards of hard work in a beautiful place.
  • See forever views of the Trout Creek Mountains.
  • Working with the knowledgeable Burns Paiute Tribe natural resources team.
  • Terrific hiking opportunities right from camp.



  • March 20, Monday 5PM:  Meet at the Denny Jones Ranch where we will set up camp and have dinner.
  • March 21,  Tuesday 8AM to 4PM:  A full day of replanting the banks of the Malheur River.
  • March 22, Wednesday 8AM:  A half day of planting followed by a hike for anyone interested.


Camp  will be situated behind an old ranch house. The Burns Paiute Tribe will mow a flat space for our camp and ONDA will bring a shade tent and camp kitchen setup. There will be potable water available but otherwise no amenities. Volunteers will be able to drive in to camp and can bring all of the comforts that car-camping allows for.


2 out of 5.  This work is as strenuous as volunteers choose to make it by their pace and intensity. Volunteers are encouraged to work at a sustainable pace and take breaks as needed.


Participants are responsible for their own food and camping gear, as well as transportation to and from the trip. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots are required for this trip.  Participants should be prepared with ample clothing layers, sun protection, food and water to spend the day away from camp to conduct the work.  We recommend bringing your own work gloves to provide a comfortable fit, but it is not required.


ONDA will provide the gear for the work (including work gloves if you don't have a pair), excellent guidance in the field, and a few group camping items to make things more comfortable (chairs, tables, dish washing bins, campfire materials, water, shade/rain tarp, etc.)


This trip is led by ONDA's Wilderness Stewardship Director:
Ben Gordon
Group size is limited to 12 members
Trip cost is: Free.

An ONDA registration application and medical form is required for this trip. Click HERE for the form . You only need to fill this form out once per year: You can join additional trips this year just by emailing the trip leader directly. You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 10 working days of submitting your form. The confirmation e-mail will provide information regarding which trips you are on the "participant list" for, and which trips are full, and therefore you have been placed on the "wait list."

Six weeks prior to the trip, volunteers will receive an email from their trip leader asking that participants confirm they are still able to make the trip. Three weeks before the trip begins, the trip leader will send out an e-mail with additional information, maps, driving instructions, car-pooling options etc. However, if you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact the trip leader.

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