Oregon Desert Land Trust

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Introducing the Oregon Desert Land Trust.

Oregon Natural Desert Association has launched a new initiative to preserve the wild character of Oregon’s high desert.

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Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

“If you spend enough time in the wild, it will change you. So it was for me in Oregon’s high desert, especially in the Owyhee Canyonlands.” To support ONDA, Bonnie says, is to strive to protect the very values of Oregon’s high desert that are critical to the human experience: quiet and connectedness with nature. “Oregon’s desert,” she says, “broadens your understanding of your relationship to all living things.”

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Discover Desert Pronghorn

Discover Desert Pronghorn

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Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

“If I have to pick a favorite place in Oregon’s high desert, it would be Sutton Mountain, but I’m excited about all of the Wilderness Study Areas,” says Terry, adding, “Each is a gem to explore, and I hope they all get protection someday… I love the scale of the physical beauty of the desert.”

Meeting a Critical Need

Oregon’s high desert holds many tracts of private land that are critical for wildlife habitat and for public access to the rich public lands they adjoin. Until now, without a land trust exclusively dedicated to Oregon’s high desert, there were few options for landowners who wished to conserve the natural values of their land holdings. The Oregon Desert Land Trust was created to fill this gap in service.


Conservation Priorities

Oregon Desert Land Trust evaluates and prioritizes lands in the region through the lens of how parcels would support conservation objectives. Key factors we consider are:
* proximity to existing and potential protected areas of public land
* presence of springs, wet meadows, and streams
* importance to wildlife, especially Greater sage-grouse

How a parcel can support increased public lands access and cultural preservation are also considered in our evaluation.


Conservation Goals

Established at the close of 2017, the land trust soon acquired its first 160-acre parcel and is working with several interested landowners to evaluate other potential acquisitions. The organization expects to conserve nearly 2,500 acres of land and be in negotiations on another 2,500 acres by the end of 2018.

For more information about this effort or if you are interested in getting involved, contact Brent Fenty at (971) 350-9458 or bfenty@oregondesertlandtrust.org.