Meet Felice Kelly

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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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Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus

Western Meadowlark Dawn Chorus

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The Last Darkness

The Last Darkness


Meet Felice Kelly

Passionate desert advocate Since moving to Oregon in 2016, Felice Kelly discovered Oregon’s dry side and was immediately inspired, saying, “Once I made it out to the high desert, I knew that I wanted to play a part in the conservation of the landscape.” She savors the moments after crossing the Cascade Mountains from...

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Routes vs. Trails: Take Your Hiking to the Next Level

Routes, unmarked and often undefined, offer a totally different backcountry experience than hiking a developed trail like the PCT, and they tap into a different set of skills. An impressive thru-hiking resume alone doesn’t prepare one for the route-finding, remote and rugged terrain, and navigational demands of a long-distance route. Learn the difference between...

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Only You Can Prevent
Sagebrush Fires

You might think of forests when you think “wildfire,” but, as OPB reported in May, nearly 75 percent of all acres burned in the west over the past two decades were on rangelands — not forest. As someone who lives in or visits sagebrush country, you have an important responsibility to help prevent human-caused...

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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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Karen Garber, volunteer since 2017

So glad we got to do a stewardship trip with ONDA this summer, and now I’m more inspired than ever to start hiking the Oregon Desert Trail in bits and pieces.

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Abert Rim

Abert Rim is the largest exposed fault scarp in North America and, from the top, you will have a view of Lake Abert, Oregon’s most saline lake. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep along this hike. A herd was introduced in 1974 to help perpetuate the species. Other wildlife you might see includes...

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Business Members

Oregon Natural Desert Association is proud to work alongside businesses, large and small, to accomplish our conservation goals. These business members contribute to our mission by providing funding, product donations, and event hosting support. And, their support shows their commitment to protecting Oregon’s high desert lands, waterways and wildlife. Meet our partners who make...

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Happy Birthday!
Oregon Desert Trail Turns Five

In the spring of 2014, ONDA released a basic map-set for an ambitious route we’d started to call the “Oregon Desert Trail.” It wasn’t long before a few hikers set their sights on completing the route. Over the past five years, we’ve developed and refined many new resources to make our challenging eastern Oregon...

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ODT Photo Monitoring

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2019 Stewardship Trip Registration Opens

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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