Defending wildlands and habitat

Jeremy Austin

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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Cregg Large, member since 2009

Cregg Large, member since 2009

“I came to Oregon 12 years ago from Texas. Texas, for all its size, has very little public land. Coming to Oregon has made me realize the special gift we as Americans have in our public lands. Volunteering with an organization like ONDA is my way of reciprocating for this gift. Through restoration efforts, I feel we are helping leave a better place than we found it. Through advocating for protection for public lands, we safeguard migration routes for animals and keep the land where it belongs: with the public.”

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Taylor Goforth, Sage Society member

Taylor Goforth, Sage Society member

“I support ONDA on a monthly basis as a way I can keep in touch with the root of my conservation ethic and allow for their strong advocacy work to keep going. I count on them!”

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Young Horny Toad Lizard

Young Horny Toad Lizard

In the summer these lizards begin foraging for food as soon as their body temperature rises as the heat of the day increases. They feed on slow-moving, ground-dwelling insects. In the fall they hibernate by burying themselves in the sand.

Latin name: Phrysonoma platyrhinos

Enforcing conservation laws on your behalf

As the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 clearly states:

“The Congress recognizes that each person should enjoy a healthful environment and that each person has a responsibility to contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the environment.”

Since 2001, we have won or successfully settled more than 85 percent of our federal actions, protecting millions of acres of public land throughout Oregon as a result. 

Visit our Accomplishments page to learn more about ONDA’s significant legal achievements over the years.

Protecting imperiled species and irreplaceable wilderness areas

More than 350 species of plants and animals inhabit Oregon’s high desert, many more than most people realize.

Unfortunately, some of the wildlife native to this region is facing serious threats to survival due to habitat loss caused by a variety of factors, including poorly managed livestock grazing, invasive species, wildfire, and inappropriately sited energy development.

ONDA protects critical habitat, wildlife corridors, and ecosystems to give all species the best chance for survival. We operate under the principle that it does no good to protect a species if that species has nowhere safe to live, and we advocate for the highest level of protection possible for wild lands and waters.

Planning for responsible renewable energy development

ONDA supports responsible renewable energy that is planned smart from the start.

For Oregon, this means guiding projects to low-conflict zones–areas with high potential solar, wind, or geothermal resources that do not contain critical wildlife habitat, wilderness-quality lands, or sensitive cultural resources. We encourage policymakers to advance renewable energy policies that incentivize smart and responsible development.

“Renewable Energy in Oregon” report

Our report provides an overview of the policies, technologies, and issues related to Oregon’s ever-growing energy resource. It contains savvy insights, recommendations for a more efficient and responsible energy future, and useful information on siting, technologies, opportunities, and challenges.

Download the Report

Steens Wind

While ONDA supports renewable energy, we believe some places are not appropriate for any kind of large-scale development. We opposed theSteens Windproject associated with the North Steens Transmission Line proposed by Columbia Energy Developers due to its negative impacts on a congressionally protected area which is home to high priority Greater sage-grouse habitat and part of an important area for raptors.

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