Why do pronouns matter to ONDA?

Barb Rumer

ONDA respects gender identity. We understand that we cannot assume to know each others’ pronouns by our names or appearance. For some of us, it is a privilege to not have to worry about which pronoun will be used based on how our gender is perceived. If we fail to respect someone else’s gender identity, it is hurtful and oppressive.

ONDA normalizes the practice of sharing our pronouns to challenge the belief that all pronouns can be assumed and to create a supportive community for all. Creating an inclusive and supportive community is integral to our vision of conserving a high desert where wild places exist for all people to treasure and explore.

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Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”

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Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

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What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia