Burns Paiute Tribal Properties

Ben Gordon


Spring Basin Wilderness

Spring Basin Wilderness

Spring Basin Wilderness

With 10,000 acres of undulating terrain, secluded canyons and spectacular vantages of the John Day Country, Spring Basin is magnificent to explore This public treasure, forever protected as Wilderness, offers a profusion of desert wildflowers in the spring and year-round recreational opportunities for hikers, horseback

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Tibetan Monks Visit Sutton Mountain

Tibetan Monks Visit Sutton Mountain




Bitteroot blooms on north-facing cliffs in western North America.

The Paiute name for bitteroot is kangedya. Traditional Native American uses of the plant included eating the roots, mixed with berries and meat, and using the roots to treat sore throats.



Support Tribal Efforts to Improve Fish and Wildlife Habitat on 10,500 Acres


Project Start Year: 2011
Anticipated Completion: 2035


10,500 acres of vital habitat for native fish, wildlife and migrating birds

About these places

The Burns Paiute Tribe owns three properties that are not part of their current reservation, but are part of their former reservation and aboriginal territory:

Logan Valley
Denny Jones Ranch
Beech Creek

Logan Valley includes the headwaters of the Malheur River. Denny Jones Ranch is considered core sage-grouse habitat which the Malheur River runs through. Beech Creek includes six miles of native fish habitat that flows straight into the main stem of the John Day River.

Historically, tribal members gathered roots, hunted, and fished on these properties. ONDA is pleased to help restore them to give tribal members an opportunity to resume traditional practices and to utilize the culturally important resources found within the area.

Our efforts

Across these properties, ONDA is focused on stream restoration for native fish populations and management of juniper to improve upland function for native ungulate populations.

The goals of Burns Paiute Tribe's natural resources program are to implement habitat protection and enhancement efforts for plant communities to support diverse fish and wildlife assemblages.

Management goals include:
1) improving water quality,
2) enhancing upland, wetland, floodplain meadow and riparian habitats,
3) controlling noxious weeds,
4) protecting springs and seeps,
5) preserving cultural resources, and
6) providing public hunting and recreation opportunities.

Project history

ONDA began working on Logan Valley in 2011, the Denny Jones Ranch in 2016 and Beech Creek and 2018.

Logan Valley: ONDA's efforts have included numerous riparian planting projects, native seed collection and installation of bluebird and kestrel nest boxes. In 2019, efforts included small mammal and Chinook salmon surveys as well as a stream cleanup to remove protective cages from trees that no longer needed them.

Beech Creek: ONDA has performed riparian planting and upland juniper removal.

Denny Jones Ranch: ONDA has contributed to riparian plantings and juniper removal. In 2019, ONDA removed juniper from 40 acres of sage-grouse habitat and planted 4,700 native trees and shrubs to bolster wildlife habitat and traditional food resources along the Malheur River,