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Press releases for the Oregon Natural Desert Association, which works to protect, defend and restore the Central Oregon Backcountry, John Day River Basin, Owyhee Canyonlands and Greater Hart-Sheldon Region.
ONDA celebrates 30th anniversary with Portland event
Jun 12, 2017
Organization founded as a voice for public lands in Oregon’s high desert, festivities planned for Portland
ONDA celebrates 30th anniversary with Bend event
May 22, 2017
Organization founded as a voice for public lands in Oregon’s high desert, festivities planned for Bend
Final ruling reinforces protection for Greater sage-grouse on Steens Mountain
Apr 19, 2017
The long-running case over the impacts of proposed industrial-scale wind energy development on Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon was put to an end on April 18 by order of a federal court.
ONDA to testify in defense of public lands in Salem House hearing Thursday
Feb 14, 2017
The Oregon Natural Desert Association will testify Thursday, Feb. 16, in Salem against a short-sighted bill aimed at divesting Americans and Oregonians of our public lands.
ONDA to release its 2017 calendar of stewardship trips
Jan 20, 2017
More than 30 trips with the Oregon Natural Desert Association into Oregon’s high desert – from floating the John Day River to counting Greater sage-grouse – will open for registration on Monday, Feb. 13.
Standing up for public lands
Nov 10, 2016
Let’s stand together for public lands. If you have been taking your public lands for granted, this year has been a wake-up call to rise in support of our natural heritage.
Moving forward from the Malheur Refuge takeover
Oct 28, 2016
Earlier this year thousands of people from all across the country expressed their peaceful opposition to the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Today those thousands of people and millions of Americans from all walks of life continue to cherish the public lands that belong to all of us.
The Oregon Desert Trail invites you to get inspired
Oct 24, 2016
Presentations in Willamette Valley will highlight 750-mile trail in Oregon’s backyard
ONDA volunteers perform restoration work at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Oct 02, 2016
Fifteen Oregon Natural Desert Association volunteers pulled roughly 1.5 miles of obsolete barbed wire fence over three days at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon.
Desert Conference: Public Lands, Common Ground brings diverse voices to Bend October 14
Sep 16, 2016
The 2016 Desert Conference will bring landowners, conservationists, elected officials, scientists and engaged citizens together in Bend on Oct. 14 to explore shared solutions for managing our public lands.
Explore the Oregon Desert Trail by Boots, Bike or Boat
Sep 12, 2016
Panel Presentation October 10 will highlight different recreation options on Oregon’s newest long-distance route
Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings best outdoor, conservation films to Bend on September 9
Aug 12, 2016
Experience rock climbing in Lebanon, skiing in Antarctica and more when the Wild & Scenic Film Festival makes its stop in Bend on Friday, Sept. 9. Tickets are on sale now for two screenings at the Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.
New and updated materials now available for Oregon Desert Trail
Jun 13, 2016
New tools and updated information are now available to help plan adventure on the Oregon Desert Trail, a 750-mile route through Oregon’s high desert.
Ruling protects Greater Sage-Grouse on Steens Mountain
May 26, 2016
A three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling May 26 that rejects the Secretary of the Interior’s approval of an industrial-scale wind project proposed for Steens Mountain.
High Desert Speaker Series Wraps with New Look at Old Favorite: the John Day
Apr 07, 2016
ONDA Stewardship Director Ben Gordon will reveal some of the most spectacular (and overlooked) areas of Oregon's signature Wild & Scenic River
High Desert Speaker Series finale in Bend
Apr 01, 2016
Get the inside scoop on central Oregon's high desert treasures
High Desert Speaker Series continues in Bend
Feb 12, 2016
Local birder shares his wealth of knowledge in next popular series event
Thankful for the end of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover
Feb 11, 2016
As the media trucks pull out and the wheels of justice move forward, the Oregon Natural Desert Association vows to remain committed to the health and welfare of the Malheur Refuge.
ONDA to release its 2016 calendar of guided restoration trips
Feb 01, 2016
The Oregon Natural Desert Association offers guided restoration trips throughout eastern Oregon every year. Registration for this year's slate of trips opens Friday, Feb. 12.
Update: Malheur Refuge occupation
Jan 14, 2016
ONDA condemns the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and adamantly urges our elected officials to take a leadership role in reaching a swift, peaceful resolution to this unprecedented act of hostility.
High Desert Speaker Series continues in Bend
Jan 14, 2016
Story of 14,000 years of human history in Oregon’s desert next in popular series
$1,000 reward offered for info on ancient juniper
Jan 11, 2016
Tree illegally cut in December from Oregon Badlands Wilderness
ONDA statement on occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by militant extremists
Jan 04, 2016
The Oregon Natural Desert Association issues a statement regarding the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by militant extremists.
High Desert Speaker Series returns to Bend
Dec 22, 2015
Story of three women and their hike across southern Oregon kicks off second year
High Desert Speaker Series Launches in Portland
Dec 22, 2015
An epic hike kicks off the brand new series of talks on Oregon’s west side
Deschutes Brewery showcases high desert photography
Oct 13, 2015
First Friday unveiling of ONDA’s 2016 Wild Desert Calendar
Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings best outdoor, conservation films to Bend on October 2
Aug 26, 2015
The Oregon Natural Desert Association is hosting the Bend stop of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour on Oct. 2, with a matinee and an evening showing at the Tower Theatre. The tour highlights the best of outdoor adventure and conservation films of the year. Tickets are on sale now.
Learn more about Oregon Desert Trail tips and gear from ONDA, REI experts at “Trail Mixer” event
Jun 03, 2015
Party marks conclusion to Oregon Desert Trail Matching Challenge
Sutton Mountain Wilderness sent to Congress
May 07, 2015
Oregon's Senator Merkley introduces high desert wilderness bill to protect 58,000 acres
Experience the amazing Owyhee Canyonlands at ONDA’s High Desert Lecture Series on May 14th
Apr 03, 2015
Learn more about what makes the Owyhee Canyonlands special on Thursday, May 14, when the Oregon Natural Desert Association hosts its fourth installment of its inaugural High Desert Lecture Series. In this edition, ONDA Owyhee Coordinator Corie Harlan discusses one of the most spectacular and least-known places in Oregon: the Owyhee Canyonlands.
Botany and geology intertwined: Learn more about high desert plants at High Desert Lecture Series on April 7
Mar 17, 2015
Bend plant expert Stu Garrett will share more about how the region’s geological past continues to echo in the plant life today in the third installment of ONDA's popular High Desert Lecture Series.
Next installment of ONDA’s High Desert Lecture Series shares journey on the Oregon Desert Trail
Feb 19, 2015
In the second installment of its new High Desert Lecture Series, the Oregon Natural Desert Association on Wednesday, March 11 will welcome Shane Von Schlemp, an adventurer who last summer completed the entire 800-mile Oregon Desert Trail.
ONDA releases its 2015 calendar of guided restoration trips
Feb 07, 2015
More than 20 trips with the Oregon Natural Desert Association into Oregon’s high desert – from rafting expeditions to stewardship projects to hikes with experts – will open for registration on Friday, Feb. 13.
Kickoff to ONDA’s High Desert Lecture Series to explore world of monarch butterflies
Jan 09, 2015
The Oregon Natural Desert Association will kick off its new High Desert Lecture Series on Monday, Jan. 26 with "Monarchs and Milkweed: An Evening with Tom Landis." Landis is an expert on the monarch butterfly – an insect known for its bright-orange wings and its amazing migrations of up to 3,000 miles between Canada and Mexico.
Local governments back wilderness for Sutton Mountain
Nov 07, 2014
The 58,000-acre proposal and land transfer considered a win for economic development and conservation in the John Day River Basin
Wild Desert Calendar exhibit features best eastern Oregon imagery
Nov 04, 2014
Opening reception of 2015 calendar set for Nov. 21
Beers Made By Walking tasting set for Oct. 15
Oct 08, 2014
Come sample beers from 5 breweries
For high desert outdoor adventures, ONDA’s new tool offers info for eastern Oregon & the Oregon Desert Trail
Aug 27, 2014
Learn about desert hiking, paddling and more through online trip reports
Join ONDA for Wilderness Weekend, Sept. 18-20
Aug 14, 2014
Three great events in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act
New resource showcases Sutton Mountain
Aug 07, 2014
‘Seven Wonders of Sutton Mountain’ campaign, webpage highlight incredible recreation opportunities and natural diversity in John Day River country
ONDA’s Desert Conference slated for September, registration underway
Jun 19, 2014
Registration is now underway for the Oregon Natural Desert Association’s 27th Desert Conference, which brings together scientists, ranchers, artists and others who work, think and play in the high desert. The biannual conference will take place Sept. 19-20, 2014 in downtown Bend, Oregon.
Documentary Film DamNation Comes to Bend’s Tower Theatre
May 07, 2014
The award-winning documentary film DamNation will show at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Thursday, June 12 at 7pm. The screening—hosted by a collaboration of conservationists and river enthusiasts including the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC), the Oregon Natural Desert Association, the Bend Casting Club, and American Whitewater—will feature a panel discussion with audience Q&A and a raffle. Tickets are $7.
Badlands/Spring Basin Birthday Bash
Mar 11, 2014
Celebrate five years of wilderness
Oregon Desert Trail honored in Outside magazine's annual Travel Awards
Mar 04, 2014
Trail among 50 named as best destinations of the year
Oregon Desert Trail info to be released to public Feb. 4
Jan 29, 2014
Debut to take place at Portland event
ONDA begins sage-grouse draft plan review
Nov 22, 2013
Final document will determine the future of the bird in Oregon
Mar 08, 2013
The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) and the Audubon Society of Portland have filed a petition requesting U.S. Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, to revoke the December 2011 Record of Decision allowing industrial scale wind development on Steens Mountain.
Oregon's Senators reintroduce Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven under the Oregon Treasures Act of 2013
Feb 15, 2013
Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced legislation today in the U.S. Senate which would greatly improve public lands protection throughout Oregon including the protection of nearly 18,000 acres as Wilderness along the John Day River in eastern Oregon’s prized high desert. These areas are known as Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven and are included under the Oregon Treasures Act of 2013.
Native fish benefit from decade of dogged advocacy on John Day River
Nov 28, 2012
Steelhead trout in the John Day River can expect to see improved habitat conditions after over a hundred years of habitat degradation caused by cattle grazing in eastern Oregon's streams.
Leading scientists blast Steens Mountain wind proposal for devastating wildlife impacts
Oct 08, 2012
Wind energy development threatens golden eagles and sage-grouse
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer Honored during Great Outdoors America Week
Jun 27, 2012
Awards recognize efforts to conserve Oregon’s wild places
Steens Mountain Threatened by Massive Wind Development
Apr 05, 2012
Bend, OR
Famous Wolf Taking a Wilderness Tour Through Oregon and California
Feb 27, 2012
Portland, OR
In travels, Journey (OR-7) shows a preference for protected and proposed wilderness areas
Alaska Airlines Magazine features Desert Basin Landscapes
Feb 01, 2012
Desert Allure, Grand Expanses of the American West
ONDA Partners with City Walls at City Hall’s INSIDE::OUT Art Show
Jan 24, 2012
Golden Eagle and West Butte Wind Project
Jan 24, 2012
2012 Wild Desert Calendar Exhibit
Dec 26, 2011
At Bend Brewing Company in January
Wind developer drops the East and West Ridge proposals on Steens Mountain
Nov 18, 2011
Bend, OR
Echanis project still proposed for construction
ONDA's Wilderness Stewardship Program wins Governor's Award for volunteerism
Nov 04, 2011
Bend, Oregon
Volunteers Receive award at Salem banque November 4th
Bivouacking in Oregon’s Back of Beyond
Aug 22, 2011
By Tim Neville
Cathedral Rock & Horse Heaven Wilderness bill reintroduced
Mar 17, 2011
by Aaron Killgore
Call for 2012 Wild Desert Calendar photos!
Mar 08, 2011
Bend, OR
Wilderness, Wild and Scenic designations are important
Feb 09, 2011
Bend, OR
By Brent Fenty and Scott Shlaes / Bulletin guest columnists
Job Opening: Communications & Membership Coordinator
Jan 10, 2011
Closes Jan. 31st, 2011
Grazing Halted to Protect Steelhead on Quarter-Million Acres of Malheur National Forest
Dec 30, 2010
Portland, OR
Salazar, Abbey Restore Protections for America's Wild Lands
Dec 23, 2010
Washington, D.C.
Department of Interior
New Wilderness Area Proposal
Dec 13, 2010
Bend, OR
Oregon Natural Desert Association looking at Deschutes River
California Bighorn Sheep Reintroduced into John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Dec 08, 2010
Kimberly, OR
Desert Ramblings, Winter 2010 Now Available
Nov 29, 2010
The Great Lonesome, Oregon
Sutton Mountain Just north of Mitchell, the peak is more satisfying than the approach
Nov 18, 2010
By Markian Hawryluk / The Bulletin
Owyhee Canyonlands: There's no better time to protect an Oregon gem
Nov 10, 2010
Op-Ed by Bruce Babbit in the Oregonian
BLM withdraws harmful North Fork Malheur grazing plan
Oct 18, 2010
Portland, OR
Livestock Grazing Retired on 3,000 acres near the Oregon Badlands
Sep 28, 2010
Bend, OR
BLM agrees to close illegal roads on Steens Mountain
Aug 30, 2010
Portland, OR
ONDA and Ruby Pipeline Establish Multi-Million Dollar Greater Hart-Sheldon Conservation Fund
Jul 15, 2010
Four pups for Imnaha wolf pack
Jul 14, 2010
Hike in Spring Basin: Oregon's newest Wilderness Area
Jul 07, 2010
by John Howard
"Grand" Canyons - Exploring Deschutes Canyon
Jun 25, 2010
New trails near Crooked River Ranch offer adventurers a chance to explore Central Oregon canyon country
Judge rules in favor of ONDA on Malheur Grazing case
Jun 04, 2010
Group Fights Wind Energy at Steens
May 18, 2010
Kate Ramsayer, Bend Bulletin
Senate considers adding more wilderness along the John Day
Apr 23, 2010
BLM's new trail system from Crooked River Ranch beckons spring desert hikers
Apr 11, 2010
Sage Grouse Not Protected by ESA, But Will Still Play Role in Western Energy Development
Mar 30, 2010
Marten Law - Jessica Ferrell
Editorial: The Steens Dilemma: Man’s green power vs. nature’s stark beauty
Mar 15, 2010
The Register Guard
What’s good for nature is good for people!
Mar 08, 2010
Federal Biologists Decide Greater Sage-Grouse Need More Protection
Mar 05, 2010
Senators deliver
Mar 04, 2010
Letter to the editor written by Jack Sterne in support of the Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven Wilderness legislation.
Western Republicans Push Bill Targeting Enviro Groups Lawsuits
Mar 03, 2010
Patrick Reis, E&E reporter
To Protect And Serve: Could more Wilderness be the answer for struggling rural economies?
Feb 17, 2010
The Source Weekly on John Day Wilderness proposals
1000 Friends of Oregon Recognizes ONDA staff
Feb 16, 2010
Steens proposals spur debate over size, placement of energy projects
Feb 10, 2010
By Kate Ramsayer, Bend Bulletin
ONDA and The Wilderness Society submit scoping comments on West Buttes Wind Project
Feb 09, 2010
Editorial:Heaven in the high desert | Senators propose wilderness areas near Antelope
Feb 05, 2010
Eugene, Oregon
Register Guard
Conservation groups ask Oregon Department of Energy to fix energy permitting loophole
Feb 02, 2010
- Liz Nysson
Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduce legislation for two new wilderness areas in the John Day Basin
Jan 28, 2010
Bend, OR
2010 ONDA Volunteer Schedule Now Available!
Jan 12, 2010
Full trip descriptions and registration links online
Wolves likely roam in region, experts say
Jan 06, 2010
Kate Ramsayer, The Bend Bulletin
Owyhee - A Model in Collaboration
Dec 14, 2009
Ecoflight Newsletter
Public Lands Foundation Honors Oregon Badlands Stewardship
Dec 09, 2009
Bureau of Land Management
Think Out Loud covers the issue of Business Energy Tax Credits in Oregon
Nov 24, 2009
Oregon Public Broadcasting
ONDA attorney recognized as Rising Star
Nov 01, 2009
Super Lawyers, November 2009
Plan Consolidates Public Land
Oct 26, 2009
Former Rajneeshee site could be a "win, win, win"
Diverse stakeholders propose new John Day wilderness
Oct 23, 2009
Proposal endorsed by Jefferson County Court
Letter: Where the wild places are
Oct 21, 2009
Land purchase opens major new state park along John Day River
Sep 29, 2009
BLM withdraws grazing decisions on Steens Mountain
Sep 15, 2009
Steens Wrong for Wind Power
Sep 02, 2009
The Bend Bulletin
BLM agrees to close illegal roads on Steens Mountain
Sep 01, 2009
Portland, Ore.
BLM enters into temporary agreement to close roads, study environmental impacts, involve public, and cancel a spring development project near the Steens Mountain Wilderness Area.
Steens Mountain threatened by BLM road construction
Jul 30, 2009
Bend, Oregon
ONDA files suit against BLM for Burnt Car roadwork.
Judge orders measures to protect native trout from grazing
Jun 16, 2009
Portland, Ore.
Federal district judge issues order enjoining grazing until Forest Service complies with promised mitigation and monitoring measures.
ONDA Releases Strategy for Wind Energy Development in Oregon’s High Desert
May 11, 2009
ONDA and five other conservation groups release a report: Oregon’s High Desert Wind Energy: Opportunities and Strategies for Responsible Development.
Good news Badlands
Mar 31, 2009
Explore a lava landscape that’s now officially a wilderness area
President Obama signs the Public Lands Management Act
Mar 30, 2009
In praise of Walden
Mar 29, 2009
Savor Oregon’s hard-fought wilderness win
Mar 26, 2009
Oregonian Editorial
Conservationists hail new era as Congress passes wilderness bill
Mar 26, 2009
Good news for the Badlands
Mar 26, 2009
US House passes Spring Basin and Badlands Wilderness bills
Mar 25, 2009
Bend, OR
Omnibus public lands package on its way to President Obama
Rep. Greg Walden Pleased With Passage Of Wilderness Bill
Mar 25, 2009
US Senate Passes Wilderness Bill
Mar 20, 2009
Badlands and Spring Basin clear Senate for second time
Badlands Bill Stalled: interview with Brent Fenty on KOHD
Mar 12, 2009
Spring Basin and Badlands Wilderness just shy of passage in US House today
Mar 11, 2009
Bend, OR
House leaders considering other strategies to pass key omnibus public lands package
Spring Basin and Badlands Wilderness just shy of passage in US House today
Mar 11, 2009
Bend, OR
House leaders considering other strategies to pass key omnibus public lands package
Cows v. Elk v. Wild Horses
Mar 04, 2009
by Emily Harris
ONDA presents comments on the West Butte Wind Power proposal
Feb 25, 2009
BLM drops development proposal for Steens Mountain wilderness areas
Feb 23, 2009
by Mac Lacy
Update on Steens Wind Energy Developments
Feb 10, 2009
ONDA calls for additional protection for John Day Basin
Jan 29, 2009
Bend, OR
Comments on management plan focus on responsible grazing, land and wildlife protections
Save Summer Lake
Jan 28, 2009
Letter to the Editor, Lake County Examiner
Badlands bill clears its biggest challenge
Jan 16, 2009
Group of wilderness bills repeatedly stalled in the last Senate go-around
Badlands and Spring Basin Wilderness bills pass through the US Senate
Jan 15, 2009
Bills will now move to the House of Representatives
Badlands bill on the fast track
Jan 08, 2009
Badlands bill on the fast track
Jan 08, 2009
ONDA wins again in Ninth Circuit
Jan 05, 2009
Portland, Ore.
Ruling further solidifies public's right to challenge Forest Service grazing decisions
Plan to build wind farms near Steens is generating controversy
Nov 30, 2008
by Kate Ramsayer, The Bend Bulletin
Wild Badlands Day - Sept 20th
Sep 18, 2008
Wind turbine project proposed for Steens Mountain
Aug 19, 2008
by Dave Becker
Soda Mountain Wilderness bill clears key committee
May 08, 2008
The Smith-Wyden sponsored bill would buy out ranchers' grazing rights in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Hydro Phobia
Apr 03, 2008
"Green" Power Plants threaten Eastern Oregon Lakes
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