Reynolds Pond Accessible Trail Construction

Olivia Guethling

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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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Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers Member

Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers Member

“I contribute to ONDA monthly because it adds up to a larger annual gift than what I’d be able to comfortably afford if I were to do a simple one-time donation annually. I’m able to give more to ONDA this way and have greater impact which is important to me, and my dog Polly.”

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Swallowtail

Swallowtail

The Oregon Swallowtail butterfly is the official state insect of Oregon and a true native of the Pacific Northwest. The Swallowtail can be seen in the lower sagebrush canyons of the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Snake River drainage area.  Source: State Symbols USA

Latin name: Papilio oregonius

Organizer: Sarah Lindsay

Date and Time: March 19, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Region: Central Oregon

Difficulty Rating: Level 2: Moderate

Maximum Group Size: 15 participants

About the place

This project takes place on the traditional lands of the Northern Paiute, Wasco and Warm Springs people. Many Indigenous peoples live in Oregon’s high desert region today, including members of the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Wasco, Warm Springs and Paiute), the Klamath Tribes (Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin) and the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe.

Located just 15 miles east of Bend, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness is a 30,000-acre area containing fascinating lava flows and ancient junipers. This area was designated as wilderness in 2009, and was named for its harsh terrain and fantastic rock formations. Within this landscape, one can find incredible displays of desert wildflowers, dry river canyons, castle-like rock formations, and Native American pictographs.

About the stewardship work

In partnership with the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management, ONDA will lead a day of trail maintenance at Reynolds Pond to help prepare the site for the construction of an accessible trail.

This single-day experience is a great opportunity for your first trip out with ONDA. No previous experience is needed to attend. All that is required is a love of the high desert, a big smile and a willingness to learn.

 

Trip timeline

  • Wednesday, March 6, 9 a.m.: Volunteers will meet at the Reynolds Pond trailhead, about a 30-minute drive from Bend. Specific directions to the project location will be sent to confirmed volunteers before the trip.

Difficulty

Level 2

Projects will consist of a variety of tasks, including removing rocks and clipping back vegetation. Volunteers can expect to spend their day hiking on uneven ground and undertaking lifting, bending, and other tasks that require a moderate level of physical exertion.

Participant responsibilities

Participants will need to have transportation to the trailhead, a 30 minute drive from Bend accessible by any passenger vehicle. Participants should be prepared to be away from their vehicles all day and bring a day pack with lunch, snacks and water. If it’s a cooler winter day, hot tea can be nice to stay warm. In the event of sunny and warmer weather, please bring up to four liters of water capacity for the day, and consider an electrolyte replacement drink or mix to help you stay hydrated. Sturdy hiking shoes/boots, long pants, and eye protection are required for this trip (sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses are suitable eye protection).

Gear provided

ONDA will provide all tools required for the work as well as extra work gloves and eye protection. We will bring extra water, snacks, and expert leadership and perspective on current high desert conservation priorities.

Registration

An ONDA registration application and medical form are required for this trip.

Apply now

You will receive a confirmation email within 1 week of submitting your form. The confirmation email will provide information regarding which trips you are on the “participant list” for, and which trips are full, and therefore you have been placed on the “wait list.”

Before the start of the trip, the trip leader will send out an RSVP to make sure everyone is still able to participate. Based on RSVPs, open spaces will be backfilled with people from the waitlist.

One week before the trip start date, registered and confirmed participants will receive driving instructions, maps, carpooling options, and additional information in an email sent by the trip leader.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact the trip leader.