Stewardship Trips

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Oregon Natural Desert Association’s stewardship trips provide an incredible opportunity to help the wild lands and wildlife you love. Volunteer today!

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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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The Last Darkness

The Last Darkness

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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

2018 Trip Schedule

ONDA runs trips from February through December each year.
Trips with two asterisks next to their name still have openings at this time, and you can sign up to be put on the waitlist for any trip. Click on the trip name for details and to register.
AUGUST
August 2-6 Big Indian Gorge Trail Work Steens Mountain Region Renee Patrick 5
August 23-26 Cottonwood Canyon State Park Beaver Dam Analogues Build** John Day River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 2
August 23-27 Nye Trail Work Steens Mountain Region Renee Patrick 5
August 27-30 Logan Valley Planting Project John Day River Basin Ben Gordon 2

 

SEPTEMBER
September 6-10 Little Blitzen Gorge Trail Work Steens Mountain Region Renee Patrick 5
September 13-16 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Fence Removal Steens Mountain Region Lisa Foster 3
September 17-21 Pine Creek Conservation Area Beaver Dam Analogues Build** John Day River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 3
September 27-30 Hart Lake Restoration and Juniper Removal Hart-Sheldon Lisa Foster 1
OCTOBER
October 4-7 High Lakes Fence Removal Hart-Sheldon Jeremy Austin 4
October 11-14 South Fork Crooked River Riparian Restoration** Central Oregon Backcountry Jefferson Jacobs 3
October 11-14 John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Fence Retrofit** John Day River Basin Lisa Foster 3
October 18 – 21 Big Creek Riparian Restoration** John Day River Basin Lisa Foster 2
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER
November 1-4 Wiwaanyatt Creek Riparian Restoration Project** John Day River Basin Jefferson Jacobs 3
November 29-Dec 7 Deschutes River Ranch Riparian Restoration (single day trips)** Central Oregon Backcountry Jefferson Jacobs 2

 

Thank you Clabough Foundation for supporting ONDA’s stewardship and restoration work!

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Scenes from 2017 Stewardship Trips

Nate Wyeth

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Nathan Wallace

Aaron Tani

Tamara Enz