Oregon Desert Land Trust

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In 2017, ONDA launched the Oregon Desert Land Trust to preserve the wild character of private lands in Oregon’s high desert.  The successful effort has conserved over 3,000 acres in the region and continues to work with interested landowners to evaluate new acquisition opportunities. ONDA continues to partner with the land trust on restoration and conservation efforts in the region. You can find more information about the land trust at www.oregondesertlandtrust.org

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Julie Weikel on Wilderness

Julie Weikel on Wilderness

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Owyhee Canyon Swallows Sparrows and Rushing Water

Owyhee Canyon Swallows Sparrows and Rushing Water

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Cottonwood Canyon Riparian Soundscape

Cottonwood Canyon Riparian Soundscape

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. 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 landholdings. 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.


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.