Public Land Leaders

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Our Public Land Leaders program makes it simple and fun for you to talk with your friends and family about public lands in Oregon’s high desert and encourage others to speak up for our land. By becoming a Public Land Leader in your community, you can help grow the chorus of voices speaking up on behalf of our public lands.

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Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva, ODT thru-hiker 2017

Ryan “Dirtmonger” Sylva, ODT thru-hiker 2017

“To me, it’s a thru-hike in an isolated place that promotes a conversation in land management, ethics and usage. Hiking across a vast and remote landscape and having a random and chance encounter with cowboys and hunters to discuss how ‘all of us’ should treat the land, how we all have a responsibility, no matter our political leanings, really showed me the pulse of the people in rural areas, especially here out west.”

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John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

Restoration is hard slow work. It takes hold, or it doesn’t, in fits and starts. The immensity of the need can be discouraging, but we must carry on. I am so thankful ONDA carries on.

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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.”

Are you ready to step up for your public lands? Sign up here for more information.

Sign up for more info about becoming a Public Land Leader

 

Let us make leading easy

You don’t need to be an expert to lead a discussion about public lands, and you don’t need to stress about the planning.

We’ll send you a helpful checklist of the steps to hosting a get-together with friends.

To thank you for your leadership, we will even cover the cost of your first get-together! You read that right—you get your friends together to talk about public lands, and the food and drinks are on us!

Our toolkit includes postcards and letter writing worksheets, several copies of our guide to public lands in Oregon’s high desert and a handbook with a framework for leading a fun and productive discussion about public lands.

Download the handbook now.