Serving as your voice in planning processes

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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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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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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

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Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Public lands belong to all Americans, and our land managers must consider all of the feedback they receive during public comment periods. As public land supporters and conservationists, it is our responsibility to make sure that the conservation perspective is heard and considered.

Representing you, and keeping you engaged in the process

Guided by our extensive on-the-ground knowledge, ONDA provides agencies with our expert input. We also alert our members and key stakeholders when opportunities for individuals to weigh in on agency plans arise.

Watch our action alerts for opportunities to submit comments, write letters, and get involved in shaping the public lands management in southeastern Oregon.

The plans these agencies develop influence their decision-making over the course of 10 to 20 years, or more, so it’s critical that each one of us actively participates in the process.

Here’s a closer look at two agency planning processes happening in Oregon’s desert landscapes:
Resource Management Plans

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) uses Resource Management Plans (RMPs) to provide the framework for what uses can take place within the lands they manage.

RMPs provide a broad overview, directing how public lands will be managed over decades. These plans do not dictate specific decisions, such as where trails will be or where fences are needed, but, instead, put forth general usage guidelines.

The BLM is currently amending its RMPs in the Owyhee Canyonlands and in the Greater Hart-Sheldon Region, in the Vale District and Lakeview District.

These RMP amendments address key issues regarding lands with wilderness characteristics, off-road vehicle use and livestock grazing.

 

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) creates Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) to guide how they manage National Wildlife Refuge system lands.

For each CCP process, various alternatives for how these lands could be managed are proposed and, ultimately, one alternative is selected as the plan to achieve the desired future conditions of a refuge.

For the Hart Mountain CCP, one alternative that should be evaluated—and the one which ONDA supports—is a refuge expansion alternative. This alternative would protect an important migratory path for wildlife and increase connectivity by establishing a USFWS-managed connection between Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northern Nevada.