Deschutes River Ranch Riparian Restoration November 29- December 7


Young Horny Toad Lizard

Young Horny Toad Lizard

In the summer these lizards begin foraging for food as soon as their body temperature rises as the heat of the day increases. They feed on slow-moving, ground-dwelling insects. In the fall they hibernate by burying themselves in the sand.

Latin name: Phrysonoma platyrhinos


Sarah Graham, Sage Society Member

Sarah Graham, Sage Society 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.”


South Fork Crooked River and Birds

South Fork Crooked River and Birds

Organizer: Jefferson Jacobs

Start Date: 11/29/2018

End Date: 12/7/2018

Region: Central Oregon

Difficulty Rating: 2 out of 5

Maximum Group Size: 5 participants

About the place

The Deschutes River Ranch is a private property on the Deschutes River just downstream of Tumalo. The owners approached ONDA to help them improve the quality of the riparian habitat along both sides of several miles of the property. The work that ONDA volunteers do will be protected by conservation easements. By returning willows and cottonwood to the riparian system we will be helping shade the water, and provide critical habitat for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.

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About the stewardship work

ONDA volunteers will be helping to construct simple fenced exclosures to protect the plantings, and watering in plantings after they have been installed by a tractor mounted auger. Tasks will involve pounding posts, hauling water buckets, re-filling holes, and wiring fence to posts.

As always there is no experience necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know to work safely and effectively.  There is ample opportunity to work at your own pace and on aspects that work best with your physical capabilities.

 Trip timeline

Note: this project involves day trips only, due to the variability of weather at that time of year. Exact dates of work will occur as weather allows between November 29 and December 7. Participants can take part in as few or as many days on the project as they wish.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Each day we will meet in the morning and line out the day’s work depending on weather and volunteer availability. We will finish work by 4 p.m.


No camping will be involved with this project: This project involves day trips only, due to the variability of weather at that time of year. Exact dates of work will occur as weather allows between November 29 and December 7. Participants can take part in as few or as many days on the project as they wish.


Level 2

The biggest difficulty involved with this project will likely be weather, and staying warm. However, the work should be fairly laid back, allowing everyone to pace themselves and regulate their own level of effort, switch between various available tasks of varying intensities and rest as needed. And as an added bonus you get to go home each night, warm up and sleep in your own bed.

Trip highlights and challenges

  • Helping to make dramatic improvements that you can actually see.
  • Fun and variable work.
  • Day trip work
  • Work involves noisy machinery nearby, but there may be opportunity to spread out the project sites to get a break.

Participant responsibilities

Participants are responsible for their own food snacks and water, as well as transportation to and from the trip. Sturdy off-trail ankle-high boots are recommended for this trip, but depending on weather, warm rubber boots would be good too.   Participants should be prepared with clothing layers, food and water to spend the full day outside working under changing conditions.  We recommend bringing your own work gloves to provide a comfortable fit. But it is not required.

Gear provided

ONDA will provide the tools for the work (including work gloves if you don’t have a pair), excellent guidance in the field, and some nice treats such as hot water and coffee to keep cozy if the weather is foul.


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

Apply Now

You only need to fill this form out once per year and can join additional trips this year by emailing the trip leader directly. You will receive a confirmation email within 10 working days 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 “waitlist.”

Six weeks 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.

Three weeks 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.