ONDA’s Restoration and Stewardship Work

Over the last two decades, ONDA has engaged volunteers in projects to plant thousands of trees, restore dozens of miles of streams, decommission old roads, and remove enough barbed wire to stretch from one end of Oregon to the other.



What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  


Wildflower Poetry Reading

Wildflower Poetry Reading


Julie Weikel on Wilderness

Julie Weikel on Wilderness

Riparian Restoration

Gena Goodman-Campbell

Upland Restoration

Bill Crowell

Wildlands Inventory

Katy McFadden

Wildlife Monitoring

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Riparian restoration

ONDA’s riparian restoration efforts target streams with protected fish species such as redband trout and steelhead. We strive to improve fish and wildlife habitat by reestablishing conditions that encourage the return of beaver; lush stream banks and lazy meandering streams with deep, cold pools. We plant trees to help reduce erosion, lower water temperatures, and provide the food and building materials that allow beaver to move in and resume their work of constructing dams, a critical part of the long-term restoration process.

Habitat Connectivity

Across Oregon’s desert lands, thousands of miles of barbed wire fences fragment the landscape. Many of these fences no longer serve a purpose and interfere with the movement of native wildlife such as greater sage-grouse, elk, deer, and antelope. By removing obsolete barbed wire fences and retrofitting needed fences with wildlife-friendly wire, our volunteers contribute to improving wildlife migration corridors.

Habitat and recreation monitoring

ONDA offers a variety of independent monitoring projects through which volunteers act as the eyes on the ground to identify and repair recreation impacts,  gather information to our restoration projects and bring  new stewardship needs to light. The work our volunteers complete across eastern Oregon informs our conservation and legal work and underpins our ongoing commitment to protect, defend, and restore the high desert.

Independent Stewards

Oregon Natural Desert Association’s independent stewardship projects offers volunteers a self-directed option for promoting a healthy high desert in addition to our structured option of guided stewardship trips. How It […]

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