Fall 2022 Stewardship Trip Preview

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Great Horned Owls and Western Screech Owls

Great Horned Owls and Western Screech Owls

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South Fork Crooked River and Birds

South Fork Crooked River and Birds

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Central Oregon’s “Backyard Wilderness”

Central Oregon’s “Backyard Wilderness”

Our quest to protect the Oregon Badlands

Located just 15 miles east of Bend, Oregon Badlands is a 30,000-acre wilderness area filled with fascinating lava flows and ancient juniper trees Arriving in the Badlands, so named for its rugged and harsh terrain, can feel like stepping

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In the Central Oregon Backcountry

South Fork Crooked River

Fence Build Trips - September 19-22 and September 30-October 3

This challenging backpacking trip is part of a large-scale, multi-year effort to improve fish and wildlife habitat throughout the South Fork Crooked River watershed.

Volunteers will backpack 3.5 miles up the river, where they will work to construct a fence to exclude cattle from a future restoration site located in the middle of the South Fork Crooked River Wilderness Study Area. This work will set the stage for passive habitat recovery as grazing pressure is removed, as well as for restoration plantings of native vegetation like willows, dogwood, and cottonwood.

In the John Day River Basin

Ruby Creek

Planting Trip - October 18-21

The goal of this project is to restore the ecological health of critical habitat for salmon and steelhead on the Malheur National Forest, increasing water quality and species diversity. Populations of Middle Columbia River steelhead, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, have experienced significant declines as a result of habitat loss, damage and fragmentation. The upper John Day watershed provides essential habitat for steelhead, as well as other native fish and wildlife, and the restoration actions included in this project are a critical part of their recovery.

This trip will include plantings on Ruby Creek, Bear Creek and Butte Creek, three tributaries of the Middle Fork of the John Day River. Volunteers will be planting willow and dogwood which will help shade and cool streams to support native fish species and provide an important food source for deer, elk and beaver.

In the Greater Hart-Sheldon

Beatys Butte

Fence Retrofit Trip - September 19-22

Beatys Butte lies directly between the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge and the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and the expansive public lands in this “land between” are just as crucial to pronghorn as the two refuges. Unfortunately, barbed wire fences throughout this landscape pose risks to pronghorn and other wildlife. Low-flying sage grouse are known to become entangled in standing fence, while pronghorn and other ungulates may be unable to cross fences, which limit both their daily movement and their seasonal migrations.

Volunteers working on this project will help improve pronghorn passage by retrofitting barbed wire fence to wildlife-friendly standards by replacing the barbed bottom wire of the fence with smooth wire so that animals can pass safely underneath the fence.

Fall 2022 Stewardship Trip Preview

Registration Opens June 1 Do you enjoy fall colors? Crisp days and starry nights? You will love the variety of stewardship opportunities ONDA is offering in the high desert this […]

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A Closer Look at the Proposed Sutton Mountain National Monument

Author: Mark Salvo  |  Published: March 1, 2022  |  Category: In the News  In November 2021, Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced the Sutton Mountain and Painted Hills […]

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Malheur NF Springs Fencing

Plant riparian trees and shrubs along a newly restored stretch of Camp Creek to provide critical habitat for salmonids.

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Wonders by Day and Night

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: January 14, 2022  |  Category: Where-to    A  month-by-month guide to appreciating Oregon’s high desert As the tenth largest state in the union, Oregon offers […]

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Clarno Harvest #2

Join the winter tradition of harvesting willows at the Clarno Nursery for use in restoration projects this spring!

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Clarno Harvest #3

Join the winter tradition of harvesting willows at the Clarno Nursery for use in restoration projects this spring!

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Wildlife Migrations in the West

In the finale of ONDA’s 2022 High Desert Speaker Series, professor Arthur Middleton will cover the basic ecology of ungulate migrations in the western United States. He’ll then profile threats […]

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New National Monument Proposed for Sutton Mountain

On November 3, 2021, Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced the Sutton Mountain and Painted Hills Area Wildfire Resiliency Preservation and Economic Enhancement Act in Congress today. This legislation […]

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Essential, a film premiere

Save the date for the premiere of our newest short documentary, “Essential.” Oregon’s high desert is an arid landscape, defined by the scarcity of water, but that does not mean […]

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