Oregon Natural Desert Association has launched a new initiative to preserve the wild character of Oregon’s high desert. Oregon’s high desert holds many tracts of private land that are critical for wildlife habitat and for public access to the rich public lands they adjoin. Until now, without a land trust exclusively dedicated to Oregon’s high desert, there were few options for landowners who wished to conserve the natural values of their land holdings. The Oregon Desert Land Trust was created to fill this gap in service.
Oregon Desert Land Trust evaluates and prioritizes lands in the region through the lens of how parcels would support conservation objectives. Key factors we consider are:
- proximity to existing and potential protected areas of public land
- presence of springs, wet meadows, and streams
- importance to wildlife, especially Greater sage-grouse