Trout Creek Mountains Fenceline Group Monitoring Trip
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About the place
This project takes place on the traditional lands of the Northern Paiute and Shoshone people whose descendants are part of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes, and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Many Indigenous peoples live in Oregon’s high desert region today, including members of the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Wasco, Warm Springs and Paiute), the Klamath Tribes (Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin) and the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified the Trout Creek Mountains as a Sagebrush Focal Area, one of just a handful of the most important sage-grouse habitats left on earth. Barbed wire fences present throughout the area pose risks to sage-grouse and other wildlife. Low flying sage grouse are known to become entangled in standing fence, while ungulates may be unable to cross the fence, limiting both their daily movement and seasonal migrations.
Monitoring will help ONDA plan wildlife friendly retrofits and fence line reflector tagging projects for sage-grouse and other animals in the future.
About the stewardship work
This project will start building ONDA’s database of the location and condition of fences in the Trout Creek Mountains. We will start monitoring at 8 a.m. and travel back to camp by 4 p.m. in order to leave time in the afternoon to clean-up, relax, and cook a well-deserved dinner. The monitoring each day will involve driving your vehicle to access different sections of fence in the area, day-hiking along identified fence lines, using your smart phone or device to take geolocated photos, and completing digital survey forms of fence conditions. Be prepared to hike between 2-6+ miles per day, often on uneven terrain.
- Friday, June 10, 4-7 p.m.: Meet at a primitive camping site in the Trout Creek Mountains (high clearance 4WD vehicles only).
- Saturday, June 11, 8am: Volunteers will split up and drive to identified sections of fence and day-hike along the fence to take photos and record fence conditions. Volunteers should plan to be out all day and be prepared for a full day of hiking.
- Sunday, June 12: After breakfast we will continue monitoring and hiking along more sections of fence. Volunteers should plan to be out all day and be prepared for a full day of hiking.
- Monday, June 13: After breakfast we will head home.
We will be car camping on undeveloped public land. Please be prepared for primitive camping; you will need to bring your own water for the duration of the trip. ONDA will provide a pop-up toilet system.
The physical demands of this trip are moderate to challenging. Work involves driving on maintained and unmaintained roads and day hiking 2-6+ miles on uneven ground. Since we will be splitting up to monitor, everyone will be able to work at their own pace. Since this project involves driving on varying quality of roads, we suggest only signing up if you can drive a high-clearance 4WD vehicle to the project and for the duration of the work.
Participants are responsible for their own food and water/beverages. Sturdy hiking boots and durable clothing are recommended. Each volunteer will need a smart-phone/tablet device capable of taking geolocated photos, and their own vehicle. Couples can plan on monitoring together, and if you plan to monitor together only one device will be needed between you. We recommend bringing a way to charge your device, both in your vehicle, and with an external power bank (Anker devices are a popular brand of power banks).
ONDA will provide the instruction, camping toilet and excellent guidance in the field.
An ONDA registration application and medical form are required for this trip.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail within two weeks of submitting your form. The confirmation e-mail 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 “wait list.”
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. Details on a zoom training session will be sent out at this time.
Three weeks before the trip start date, registered and confirmed participants will receive driving instructions, maps, 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.