What Wilderness Means

Derek Staab

A Video Challenge

Do you want to explore some little-known gems in Oregon’s high desert? Are you excited to share your experience with friends, colleagues, family and ONDA’s community? Can you produce a 2-minute video?

Yes to all of the above? Then we have a perfect volunteer project for you! This fall, we want to send three individuals, or small teams, out to explore some of the coolest Wilderness Study Areas in Oregon’s high desert.

What we’re looking for
  • Upbeat videos up to two minutes in length featuring select wild places in Oregon, and perhaps your personal connection to that place.
  • Individuals or teams that can supply their own video recording equipment and have enough editing know-how to create a rough cut put to music by October 31, 2018.
What you’ll get
  • One-on-one consultation sessions with ONDA staff before and after your video shoot.
  • Helpful maps and goodies to keep you fueled up while shooting.
  • $100 to fill up your gas tank, rent equipment or get useful new gear.

You don’t need to be a professional videographer to apply. ONDA staff will work with you to give shape to your story and to put the final edits and polish on your piece. You will want to get to know your featured location well enough to share its highlights with others, but exhaustive research is not required.

Check out “A Trip to Abert Rim Wilderness Study Area” for a sample of the kind of video we’re looking for.

ONDA will share the videos created by the selected individuals/teams on our website, our YouTube channel and other social media profiles to help people learn about some of the most interesting, remote and beautiful wild places in Oregon’s high desert.

This is a chance to explore vulnerable places, capture their significance and help protect them. Give your eastern Oregon adventures a deeper purpose!

To be considered for this video challenge, please complete the short questionnaire here or below. Deadline extended to September 3, in honor of the anniversary of the Wilderness Act!


Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”


Wildflower Poetry Reading

Wildflower Poetry Reading




Found only in North America, where it is the most common wildcat, the bobcat takes its common name from its stubby, or “bobbed,” tail. The cats range in length from two to four feet and weigh 14 to 29 pounds. Bobcats mainly hunt rabbits and hares, but they will also eat rodents, birds, bats, and even adult deer.

Latin name: Lynx rufus fasciatus


SAMPLE VIDEO: A Trip to the Abert Rim Wilderness Study Area

In the high desert of southeastern Oregon, you'll find millions of acres of wild public lands. Take a trip to Abert Rim in this short video shot and produced by ONDA independent steward Chris Schmokel. We think you'll be inspired to pay this place a visit, and maybe you'll even be inspired to shoot your own short video.

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