Protecting Public Lands,
Waters, and Wildlife

Jim Davis   Website

Oregon Natural Desert Association’s conservation program protects the most spectacular places in Oregon’s high desert, including such treasured spots as Steens Mountain, the John Day River Basin and the Owyhee Canyonlands. We support the fish and wildlife found within these wild areas, and we guide people in finding new ways to experience this rich natural legacy.

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Craig Terry, ONDA member and stewardship volunteer

Craig Terry, ONDA member and stewardship volunteer

“The people I have had the privilege to share time with each season keep me volunteering again and again. Who else but those ONDA staff leaders would make fresh coffee at dawn each morning or pack a watermelon all day to serve as a reward under a juniper in a steep canyon?” Craig, who grew up in northwestern Nevada, says ONDA connects him with places he loves and a mission he believes in. “My grandfather and his father put up wire fences for their ranching needs. Taking out barbed wire sort of completes a circle for me.”

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John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

Restoration is hard slow work. It takes hold, or it doesn’t, in fits and starts. The immensity of the need can be discouraging, but we must carry on. I am so thankful ONDA carries on.

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Greater Sage Grouse and Sparrows at Hart Mountain

Greater Sage Grouse and Sparrows at Hart Mountain

Oregonians love to be outside. The incredible, diverse scenery and ample recreation found in Oregon’s high desert enhance our high quality of life. Our public lands also provide important economic benefits for communities across Oregon, and so much more.

 

 

Bruce Couch   Website

Advancing conservation priorities

Oregonians love our land, and there is a lot to love. Millions of acres of public land across Oregon’s high desert enhance our lives every day. And, these lands aren’t just ours. Public lands in Oregon are a natural legacy shared by all Americans. Without active caretaking, we stand to lose places we cherish,...

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Jeremy Austin

Defending wildlands and habitat

Oregon Natural Desert Association’s strategic and effective enforcement of environmental laws has played a critical role in safeguarding Oregon’s desert public lands. We hold federal land management agencies accountable, ensuring that Oregon’s arid lands and waterways receive the protection they deserve.

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Sage Brown   Website

Securing protective designations

Oregon Natural Desert Association is the only group dedicated exclusively to securing the highest level of protection for wild lands and waters in Oregon’s high desert.  Wild lands can be protected from harmful development and other impacts when they are designated as National Parks, National Monuments, or wilderness areas. Wild rivers can be designated...

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Jim Davis   Website

Serving as your voice
in planning processes

Oregon Natural Desert Association represents the interests of our members and supporters to land management agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management, when decisions are being made about how to manage public lands.

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Oregon’s public lands are a resource shared by all Americans. Public lands provide for vital human needs for clean air and clean water and offer people places for contemplation and exploration. ONDA is committed to ensuring that the public lands in Oregon’s high desert remain in public hands and are thoughtfully utilized, so that people benefit from and enjoy these treasured places, now and always.

Lea nuestra guía de Tierras Públicas en Oregon | Read our guide to Public lands in Oregon (Spanish version)

 

A threatened resource

Despite providing tremendous biological, economic, cultural, and spiritual value, public lands often come under threat. ONDA counters any action that would diminish cherished places in Oregon’s high desert. Our community takes proactive steps to safeguard our public lands, because once public land is given away, sold, or developed in an unsustainable way, it’s gone forever. Together with our community of supporters, ONDA protects Oregon’s high desert public lands by advocating for strong protection of wild lands and waters, enforcing conservation laws, and amplifying your voice in planning for the future of public lands.