Thank Wyden for championing
conservation and rural communities

On May 11, 2020, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden introduced the “21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act” in Congress, a visionary slate of conservation investments to help restore our nation’s economy as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

This legislation is especially important for Oregon’s rural communities and economies suffering from the compound effects of the virus, ongoing drought, wildfire risk and the loss of revenues from outdoor recreation suspended under stay at home protocols.

Revolutionary new programs in this bill support long-term protection of wildlife, wildlands, and clean air and water across the country, including full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, establishment of a parks and public lands infrastructure maintenance program, and creation of a Civilian Conservation Corps.

Thoughtful, long-term conservation investments like these, as well as those included in Senator Wyden’s Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act, will benefit rural people and landscapes for generations to come.

Please join Oregon Natural Desert Association in thanking Senator Wyden for his leadership and for championing natural resource conservation, our public lands, waters and wildlife, and rural communities in his economic stimulus legislation in Congress.

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Scott Bowler, ONDA member from Portland

Scott Bowler, ONDA member from Portland

The desert speaks for itself, but very softly. I support ONDA to promote and enable discovery of the amazing beauty and recreational opportunities of the high desert by much broader groups of people; and most especially to protect forever the full and diverse landscape of the Owyhee Canyonlands, a place without parallel or equal in our country.”

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Craig Terry, ONDA member and stewardship volunteer

Craig Terry, ONDA member and stewardship volunteer

“The people I have had the privilege to share time with each season keep me volunteering again and again. Who else but those ONDA staff leaders would make fresh coffee at dawn each morning or pack a watermelon all day to serve as a reward under a juniper in a steep canyon?” Craig, who grew up in northwestern Nevada, says ONDA connects him with places he loves and a mission he believes in. “My grandfather and his father put up wire fences for their ranching needs. Taking out barbed wire sort of completes a circle for me.”

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Volunteer Accomplishment in Hart-Sheldon

Volunteer Accomplishment in Hart-Sheldon