FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONDA to release its 2017 calendar of stewardship trips
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.
For more than two decades, the ONDA Stewardship Program has led trips into the high desert, combining the meaningful work of improving wildlife habitat and restoring streams with the fun of learning about the desert with an expert. In addition to rolling up obsolete fence or restoring streams, trip participants often go on hikes, visit petroglyphs or check out hot springs. Most trips accommodate 12 participants.
The 2017 calendar of trips includes exploring Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge to survey for mule deer, improving trails at Steens Mountain, and restoring streams in the John Day basin to make the area more resilient to climate change. It also includes trips along the Oregon Desert Trail.
Descriptions of the 2017 trips are now live on ONDA’s website at ONDA.org/preview. The descriptions include difficulty ratings and details of activities. Registration will go live on Feb. 13 at ONDA.org/VolunteerTrips.
“The ONDA stewardship trips are a great way to experience the high desert,” ONDA Stewardship Director Ben Gordon says. “We get important work done, and we also regularly take time to appreciate the landscape we’re working in.”
In 2016, Stewardship Program volunteers contributed nearly 10,000 hours of work. They planted 12,250 trees and shrubs in riparian areas, inventoried 589,000 acres of public land and removed and retrofitted 25 miles of barbed wire fence so wildlife can safely pass.
Registering early is advised, as trips typically fill up fast. For more information, contact Ben Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org | 541-330-2638.
The Oregon Natural Desert Association is a Bend-based nonprofit organization that has worked to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert for 30 years. ONDA conducts stewardship projects in stunning, ecologically significant areas in the high desert, including the Central Oregon Backcountry, John Day River Basin, Greater Hart-Sheldon Region and Owyhee Canyonlands. Learn more at ONDA.org.