We love having nonprofit organizations that mean so much to our community participate in our Farmers Market – educating visitors and helping gain support for their important missions. The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is one such organization that is joining us for the second year at the market.
They are having a great time this season introducing Oregon’s wild desert to market goers. What is Oregon’s desert you may ask? Our high desert is known for its “stunning beauty, biological significance, recreational opportunities and cultural value.” Much of the desert landscape is on publically owned land, and ONDA works with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM and others every day to ensure that these lands remain places that will be there for future generations to enjoy.
ONDA has many goals but some of them include:
- Lobbying for permanent protection of desert lands as Wilderness to protect habitats for fish and wildlife
- Working to ensure that the recent interest in energy development in Oregon’s high desert is thoughtful and follows conservation laws
- Providing Stewardship and Restoration activities to ensure that critical areas regain ecological health
If you love our beautiful state and its lands, stop by their booth to chat about their mission and how you can help!
Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.
Photo is the Owyhee Canyonlands in Eastern Oregon.