Start 2021 Anew

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Author: Corinne Handelman  |  Published: January 10, 2021  |  Category: How-To

Fresh Ideas for your New Years Resolutions

If living through 2020 taught us anything, we have reinforced lessons on developing healthy routines, practicing gratitude, and finding personal healing by spending time in nature. Fortunately, ONDA members might be a step or two ahead of the curve on those practices, so here are some additional intentions to carry forward into a new year. Here are three simple ways you can leave 2020 behind while bringing these lessons into your 2021 desert advocacy intention list!

Establish a routine

By becoming a monthly donor to ONDA

With monthly giving, you’ll always be contributing to desert conservation, and it only takes one easy step to establish this routine! You’ll feel great knowing that whether you plan to explore new corners of Oregon’s desert or stay safe close to home, your ongoing gift will fuel ONDA’s advocacy and restoration programs.

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Show your gratitude

By advocating for desert lands, waters and wildlife

If routines aren’t your thing, but you want to be on call when action is needed, we have a way for you to plug in! Sign up for our text advocate alerts and you wont miss our important opportunities to weigh in on public lands planning processes or speaking up for special places like the Owyhee Canyonlands or Sutton Mountain.

Join our most active desert advocates by texting “ONDA” to 52886 and follow the prompts.

Give back to the places that give to you

By leaving a legacy gift for the future of wild lands, you’ll contribute to desert conservation for years to come

With one swift action, you can become an impactful ONDA member and rest assured that desert conservation is prioritized with your gift. Put ONDA in your will now, or leave an insurance or retirement account to ONDA, and you’ll ensure that the desert is cared for forever by dedicated desert advocates.

Learn more about your options for leaving a legacy.


Sage Steppes

Sage Steppes


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.”


What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia