Fremont National Forest

Corinne Handelman

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Greater Sage Grouse and Sparrows at Hart Mountain

Greater Sage Grouse and Sparrows at Hart Mountain

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The Land Between: The Greater Hart-Sheldon Region

The Land Between: The Greater Hart-Sheldon Region

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Volunteer Accomplishment in Hart-Sheldon

Volunteer Accomplishment in Hart-Sheldon

Goal

Improve access to the section of the Fremont National Recreation Trail that overlaps with the Oregon Desert Trail, address critical safety concerns and promote conservation of the region, in partnership with the Forest Service and other local community groups

Timeline

Project Start Year: 2017
Anticipated Completion: 2040

Mileage

The Oregon Desert Trail overlaps with the Fremont National Recreation Trail for 62.2 miles of the 135-mile trail system.


About this place

The Fremont National Forest offers a setting of classic Western beauty derived from the land’s volcanic legacy. The ecosystem ranges from towering snow-capped peaks to wide-open sage basins. The Fremont National Recreation Trail (Fremont NRT) traverses most of the length of the forest from north to south and was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1979.

Two long-distance routes tie into the Fremont NRT: the Oregon Desert Trail and the Oregon Timber Trail. These challenging trails are helping to introduce Oregonians to the drier side of the Cascade Range through immersive hiking and biking experiences. Equestrian groups played a pivotal role in designing, building and maintaining the trail, and even skiers and snowshoers can find fun adventures in this high desert forest when the snow starts to fall.

Our efforts

Through work with the Fremont-Winema National Forest, ONDA volunteers have been able to help the Forest Service complete deferred trail maintenance and open up a stunning section of trail for all forms of quiet recreation.

The goal is to work with the Forest Service and other local community groups to steward this trail by addressing critical safety concerns and improving access while promoting the conservation value of Oregon’s high desert public land and improving a unique recreational asset.

Project history

ONDA began working on the Fremont National Recreation Trail in 2017.

2017: ONDA maintained approximately two miles of trail from Avery Pass to just north of Morgan Butte.

2017: ONDA partnered with the Lakeview Alternative High School to steward approximately two miles of trail around Moss Pass.

2018: ONDA partnered with the Paisley Youth Conservation Corps to steward approximately two miles of trail up and over Morgan Butte, and with the Oregon Timber Trail to cut out down trees from 50 miles of trail.

2019: Two stewardship trips on sections of the Fremont National Recreation Trail.

Fremont National Forest

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Hart Mountain

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The moment you’ve been waiting for. ONDA’s line up of stewardship trips for 2019 will open for registration on the morning of February 25. Where will you go to improve the desert – to a deep gorge in the Steens Mountain Wilderness, to the shoulder of Hart Mountain, or into the John Day River Basin?...

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Journey

If you read part one of Mark’s journey, you will recall his original plan to spend two months in the spring visiting lesser-known wilderness study areas (WSAs) and to bring back pictures for possible publication in ONDA’s upcoming Wild Desert Calendar. Although his aim was to photograph these areas, his mission turned in to something unexpected, much...

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day with the Lakeview BLM by improving habitat along Hart Lake.

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Hart Lake Restoration Sept 22

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Escape the heat, or at least take your mind off the dog days of summer, with these 10 adventures found around Oregon’s high desert and along the Oregon Desert Trail (ODT). From festivals to star-gazing and bike riding, we have something for everyone to enjoy east of the Cascades.

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