September 15, 2014
Venue – check
Beer – check
Snacks – check
Music – check
Twenty photographs of wilderness areas in Oregon not yet protected – check
Displays and brochures from Oregon Wild, ONDA and Oregon Chapter Sierra Club High Desert
Committee – check
Then we waited for people to come. And they did come!
The event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act hosted by KEEN at its flagship store in Portland, Oregon was a great success. About 300 people came to see the photo exhibit, enjoying the snacks, beer and music provided by KEEN. It was also a great time to catch up with friends and meet new ones. The stunning photographs of Oregon wilderness highlighted the many amazing and magnificent places in Oregon that need wilderness protection. Many people were also interested to hear the on-going efforts to protect these areas by the Sierra Club High Desert Committee, ONDA and Oregon Wild. Both ONDA and Sierra Club High Desert Committee have been focusing on protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands in the southeast Oregon. To find out more about the campaign, check out our brochure here: http://oregon.sierraclub.org/conserv/hidsrt/media/pdf/Owyhee%20Brochure.pdf
Take action! Visit these wilderness places and see for yourself these splendid wild places of Oregon!
Anniversary of the Wilderness Act hosted by KEEN at its flagship store
May 8, 2014
The High Desert Committee led a trip to the Sutton Mountain wilderness study area at the end of April. Located near Mitchell, Oregon and adjacent to the Painted Hills National Monument, Sutton Mountain provides a birds-eye view of the colorful striations of the Painted Hills, created by wind, time and geologic activity.
After a hike through Black Canyon to gain the upper plateau, the group was treated to blooming hedgehog cacti along the rim. Lunch was spent enjoying the stunning vistas and basking in the sun, then Borden Beck led the climb down along what was surely a mountain goat trail.
Sierra Club outings allow you to explore and enjoy areas of Oregon that you may or may not be familiar with. Experienced volunteer leaders share their favorite areas of Oregon and talk about efforts to protect these areas so that future generations can enjoy these wild areas as we see them now.
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Click here to read more about the Oregon Chapter’s High Desert Committee and how you can get involved.
April 3, 2014
Anderson Crossing, Oregon High Desert
Southeastern Oregon has some of the most wild and pristine landscapes in the continental United States. Stunning rock formations, endless vistas and wild lands are waiting to be explored, most without developed trails to mark human existence.
If you are the adventurous type, consider joining the Sierra Club’s High Desert Committee on a trip to Oregon’s High Desert this summer. We have trips planned to:
- Sutton Mountain, in the John Day River area
- Leslie Gulch, in the Owyhee Canyonlands
- Anderson Crossing, in the Owyhee Canyonlands
- Steens Mountain
April 8, 2013
The High Desert Committee will be leading two trips to the desert this summer. Descriptions and contacts follow. We also think there is a probability we will offer a fall multi-day trip as well but have not finalized plans. Visit our website for updates.
Jun 26 – 30, 2013
Calling all desert enthusiasts! We are once again hosting an Owyhee Rendezvous–a time and a place to meet together and explore, enjoy, and learn how to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands area. The landscape of our current campaign, the Owyhee Canyonlands, is vast and diverse. We will form a base camp at Leslie Gulch, and from there lead daily hikes. Day hikes will visit areas in and around Leslie Gulch, Three Forks, Jordan Craters, Painted Gulch and more. We also hope to organize a day of service with the BLM. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet up with old and new friends in a stunningly beautiful place.To register, contact: Bill Hart, 503-236-8058, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steens Mountain Fence Pull
Jul 26 – 31, 2013
Want to help add a bit more “wild” to the Steens Mountain wilderness? Join us in removing the visual blight of old fencing that’s also a danger to hikers and wildlife. This year we will backpack in to our work site. No experience necessary! We will have down time to explore the area. We will even feed you dinner. The work is strenuous and the climate hot, but you’ll walk away with a feeling of accomplishment! To register, contact: Harry Anderton, 503-241-7035, email@example.com.
August 23, 2012
Sierra Club volunteers exploring the Owyhee Canyonlands of Southeast Oregon.
In a recent post on the Sierra Club’s national ‘Lay of the Land’ blog, Jill Workman, an Oregon Chapter Sierra Club leader and member of the Sierra Club’s Resilient Habitats Leadership Team, wrote in support of a new National Monument designation to protect Oregon’s rugged and remote Owyhee Canyonlands.
We envision a national monument that will permanently protect the Owyhee Canyonlands from the landscape scale destruction, miles of roads, and air and water pollution that accompany mining activities; give the Bureau of Lands Management tools to better combat off-road vehicle abuse and control noxious weeds; and bring much needed resources to the area while assuring that this remote, desert region maintains its ecological integrity.
A national monument proclamation for the Owyhee Canyonlands would allow the traditional uses of the land–including camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, birding and rafting–to continue. It may also help restore economic prosperity to an economically-challenged area, as has occurred in communities adjacent to Cascade Siskiyou, Vermillion Cliffs, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.
Read the full post here.
Permanent protection for the Owyhee Canyonlands is one of the Sierra Club’s priorities in Oregon. You can help this effort by getting involved with the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club’s High Desert Committee.
July 12, 2012
Oregon Chapter High Desert Committee Chair Borden Beck surveys the lava flows at Jordan Crater in the Owyhee Canyonlands of southeast Oregon.
Desert Conference XXIV
September 20-22, 2012
After a year hiatus, we are excited to announce the return of The Desert Conference this September. The Sierra Club High Desert Committee has had a long history of participating in and sponsoring this conference, and this year we will see a new format to the event (Thurs eve thru Sat eve and you are on your own for food and lodging).
As in past years there will be a number of panel sessions focused on a wide variety of topics ranging from sage grouse and juniper management, to landscape protection campaigns and energy development, and much more. On Saturday afternoon there will be a variety of field trips to nearby wild areas such as the Badlands and the Deschutes Canyon.
This year the conference will be held in Bend and will be kicked off with the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Thursday evening. Friday will include a reading by Ursula K. Le Guin followed by keynote speaker Kathleen Dean Moore (philosophy professor and author) with music by Truck Stop Gravy to finish the evening. The whole event is a great way to network with other desert activists and learn more about desert conservation in Oregon and have some fun along the way.
The conference is being organized by the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) with sponsorship from the Sierra Club and the PEW Charitable Trusts. For more information, a draft agenda, and registration, please go to: