Tribal Stewards

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ONDA’s Tribal Stewards program offers Native American young adults an introduction to conservation careers and provides hands‐on experience and opportunities for personal growth within a culturally relevant framework. This program was created in partnership with  Northwest Youth Corps, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Burns Paiute Tribe and federal agencies.

Through an immersive field‐based program, participants restore streams, uplands and trails on federal and tribal lands and conduct scientific research. In addition to gaining practical restoration and research experience, the tribal stewards receive mentorship from natural resources professionals and explore potential career pathways.

This program, which offers paid positions with education awards upon completion, was created to address underrepresentation in conservation and land management careers and a lack of opportunity to gain professional skills needed to enter the natural resources field. For decades, ONDA has worked to protect and restore culturally significant public lands, and ONDA recognizes that to improve the effectiveness of this work, we must deepen our relationships with tribes and embrace their priorities.

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Nate Wilson-Traisman, member since 2019

Nate Wilson-Traisman, member since 2019

“My greatest hope is that Oregon’s desert continues to gain public lands protections, and is guarded from unsustainable development, so that future generations may benefit from all the region has to offer.

I felt inspired by trips to Oregon’s high desert, and was actively searching for ways to contribute to the protection of these wild places. ONDA stood out as a leader in this respect, and when I’ve had money to contribute, ONDA has been a clear choice.”

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Helen Harbin on Wildlife

Helen Harbin on Wildlife

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Elisa Cheng, member since 2013

Elisa Cheng, member since 2013

“ONDA stewardship trips inspire me. I get to learn new things and see new places, and in the process perform important work that improves the wildlife habitat.”

Lace Thornberg

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Our Aim

To inspire tribal young adults to pursue careers in the conservation field while supporting the restoration of eastern Oregon wildlands.

Our intended outcomes include:
  • Participants gain marketable career skills and forge new connections to place.
  • Tribal members become better represented within the field of conservation.
  • The on-the-ground work accomplished makes meaningful improvements to fish and wildlife habitat throughout Oregon’s high desert.

 

Tribal Stewards Projects

Since 2019, the Tribal Stewards crews have worked across eastern Oregon on a range on restoration projects, including:

  • Retrofitting fence to be wildlife friendly and maintaining trails at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Improving upland habitat through juniper abatement and seed collection on Burns Paiute Tribe’s Denny Jones property
  • Restoring native fish habitat along headwater creeks of the John Day River by building and maintaining beaver dam analogues and planting native vegetation in the Malheur National Forest
  • Completing fish surveys and native plant projects at Burn Paiute Tribe’s Logan Valley property
  • Building fences to protect headwater springs and creeks of the Malheur River in the Malheur National Forest