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Bend businesses sponsor a Badlands "Wilderness Restoration" Day
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Our group of eleven volunteers was tasked with installing a map at the more remote Larry Chitwood Trailhead.

Part of our large group of volunteers was taken on a short hike while five of us worked on the map installation.
The Fobbit leader of the hike became lost in the Badlands Wilderness,
stranding those of us volunteers waiting at the Trailhead. The group returned more than one and a half hours overdue
 with the help of cell phone instructions. (Larry Pennington, the Fobbit Leader, had a trailhead map but reportedly, no one in the group used a compass or GPS
to return from the wild. Unfortunately, the need for more sign posts in the Wilderness was The Fobbit's lesson learned.)

This is one of the "ways" leading away from the Larry Chitwood Trail Head.
This obtrusive “woody debris pile method” of closing trails and ways has been a discredited management practice for many years.
The gathering of wood artifacts from the last 100 years damages the area plants and wildlife and puts a heavy handed human mark on the Wilderness.
One of the sponsors of the afternoon wrote: "On Friday, May 8, we hosted an event in the new Badlands Wilderness near Bend, Oregon.
75 volunteers showed up for an afternoon of work, raising trail signs, "camouflaging old roads and cleaning up trailheads".

Recently, a Forest Service Trails expert was employed by the BLM to “restore” old roads and ways in the Crooked River Wilderness Study Area (WSA).
The packed ways were broken up and raked by volunteers while “relocating plants and debris to re-vegetate and disguise closed roads”. Clumps of desert plants were
carefully placed to mimic the natural distribution. ONDA Managers participated in the volunteer day, March 4, 2009.
This informed process should be used in The Badlands Wilderness.

The apple green and dark maroon spray paint in aerosol cans provided by The Fobbits was "festive" we volunteers decided but they were not the
traditional BLM logo colors of natural wood, brown and yellow. BLM managers need to provide The Fobbits with more direction.

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From our popular calendar of interesting events:
Friday, May 8, 2009, Volunteer Day and fun at The Badlands Wilderness

Thank Teague Hatfield' Foot Zone, Rod Bien's Patagonia by Pandora's Backpack, ONDA and The Conservation Alliance for a day in the field on Friday, May 8 in the NEW Badlands Wilderness from 12pm - 4:30pm. Please stop by the store to sign up. The FootZone will provide lunch for the first 15 people that sign up! Remember, you must RSVP through one of the sponsors!


ONDA's Badlands Wilderness political campaign swung into full swing in 2007. After our first experience with the discredited, outmoded "woody debris method" of closing excess roads and ways in the Badlands WSA, I posted the page Badlands wilderness trail closure methods "trammel" required values.

I talked on the phone in 2007 with the responsible BLM Badlands WSA Field Manager whom I had known for several years. I also talked on the phone with the Manager of the BLM Prineville Office who was fairly new and actually had not had an opportunity at that time, to see The Badlands WSA. I dropped my discussion of the subject until such time as Senator Wyden's Bill might pass the Senate and the create the Oregon Badlands Wilderness.

It was clear that Conservation of Wilderness Values was secondary to the standard BLM Management goal of stopping illegal motorized incursions. Other good work was being done by the Fobbits Meetup Group between 2007 and 2009, so I joined in and helped pull fence, toured with new folks and avoided being part of the Fobbit's enthusiastic work on closing old roads and ways with piles of woody debris, gathered from the surrounding ecosystem.

Following ONDA's day of celebration for local businesses at the Oregon Badlands Wilderness and my posting of the several pages found under Read More, below, BLM Prineville announced that all new activity at the new Badlands was stopped, pending a new Management Plan and interested public participation (Scoping).




Read more . . .
Bend businesses sponsor a Badlands "Wilderness Restoration" Day 
Badlands wilderness trail closure methods "trammel" required values 
BLM partners with "Friends of the Badlands" Meetup Group to provide Stewardship for Badlands WSA 
Wilderness Restoration: The Paradox of Public Participation
The Wilderness Act of 1964, Including the legal definition of Wilderness

  The Badlands Wilderness
BLM announces new policy for Wilderness quality lands
Oregon Badlands Wilderness Management Plan Scoping Comments-2012
Fobbits volunteers "restore" Badlands Wilderness values
Wilderness Restoration: The Paradox of Public Participation
The Wilderness Act of 1964, Including the legal definition of Wilderness
Wilderness Restoration: The BLM and the Student Conservation Association
Applying the Concept of Wilderness Character to Planning and Management
Bend businesses sponsor a Badlands "Wilderness Restoration" Day 
Badlands wilderness trail closure methods "trammel" required values 
BLM partners with "Friends of the Badlands" Meetup Group to provide Stewardship for Badlands WSA 
The Oregon Badlands Wilderness Bill is signed into law
Oregonian criticizes Congress for pushing back Oregon Wilderness bills
Oregon Senator Wyden to introduce Badlands Wilderness Bill
Badlands a step closer to Wilderness designation
OpEd: Why Congress should classify Badlands as Wilderness
Governor Kulongoski endorses Oregon Badlands Wilderness
Oregon Natural Desert Association introduces Oregon Badlands Interns
Oregon Natural Desert Association Badlands Tour 
Bend Oregon Badlands WSA hiking map available from BLM
BLM's final UDRMP opens Bend's Badlands to Geocaching
OpEd: Speik - Geocaching should not be banned in the Badlands 
OpEd: Geocaching should not be banned in the Badlands 
Protest of exclusion of Geocaching in Badlands WSA in BLM's UDRMP
BLM's UDRMP puts Bend's Badlands off limits to Geocaching
BLM's final UDRMP closes Bend's Badlands WSA to motorized vehicle use 
Wilderness workshop for USDA Forest Service held by University of Idaho
Hunters who use ATVs are hurting Oregon's elk population
BLM's UDRMP plans for Badlands deal with exploding public use
Map, compass and GPS free navigation training Noodle in The Badlands
Deschutes County Commissioners fail to support Badlands Wilderness!
Deschutes County takes no position on Badlands Wilderness
Deschutes County Commissioner DeWolf supports Badlands Wilderness
OpEd - Dirt road through The Badlands must close
Photos of Road 8 damage sent to Commissioners 
Badlands Wilderness with a road?
The Badlands have unique interest for the hiker
BLM guidelines for Geocaching on public lands
Geocaching on Federal Forest Lands
Fee Demo groundwork may save Geocaching on our public lands
Deschutes County Commissioners hearing on Badlands Wilderness support
OHV use restricted in Upper Deschutes Resource Management Plan
Winter hiking in The Badlands WSA just east of Bend
Tread Lightly OHV USFS tip of the month 
OHVs to be held to designated trails by USDA Forest Service!
New pole shows Badlands Wilderness favored by voters
Juniper: Oldest trees in Oregon
BLM posts Reward for information on Juniper rustlers
BLM weighing public input on management plan
Oregon's Badlands hit by old growth Juniper rustlers  Photos 
Congressman Greg Walden to visit The Badlands
Badlands Wilderness endorsed by COTA
OpEd - Unregulated OHV use is being reviewed across the western states
OHV use curtailed by new USFS policy decisions
Sierra Club's Juniper Group supports Badlands Wilderness
OHV regulation discussed at BLM meeting in Bend, Oregon
OpEd - Badlands part of BLM's recreation management area
OpEd - We need the Badlands Wilderness
OpEd - Off-roaders have no reason to fear Badlands Wilderness designation 
Speak for the Badlands at Town Hall Meeting
Hiking poles are becoming essential gear
Vandals destroy ancient pictographs in the Badlands
Senator Wyden tests support of Badlands Wilderness
Badlands Wilderness endorsed by Bend City Commissioners
The Badlands: proposed for Wilderness status
The Badlands unique geologic forms explained by Chitwood  pdf
The Badlands, a brief history
The Badlands pictographs reported 75 year ago

BLM announces new policy for Wilderness quality lands
BLM ordered by Court to cease illegal development in the Steens
Skull Hollow campground becomes a recreation fee case study
Deschutes Basin Land Trust Donation
Wildland Fire Use in the Three Sisters Wilderness
Polycarbonate bottles may be bad for your health
US Forest Service to gut Recreation Budget to pay fire fighting costs
Leave no Trace with Restop bags
Mountaineering blue bag, WAG bag and Restop bag waste solutions in 1985
"Climbing is a Quantum Experience"
Skyline Forest progress reported by Deschutes Basin Land Trust
Theft of ponderosa pines in the National Forest near Bend, OR
Skyline Forest should be purchased by Deschutes Land Trust!
Hunters who use ATVs are hurting Oregon's elk population
Outdoor folks can help Katrina incident victims now!
An update on the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge in Oregon
The Store Wars   best with broadband!
TraditionalMountaineering adopts the Crooked River through Smith Rock State Park
The Republican Political Party is responsible?
Times Up, by Yvon Chouinard
Nation's forests might be on the road to ruin, by President Bill Clinton
Wilderness at risk from new Bush policies
Steens management scandal may affect wilderness study areas
BLM outsourced Steens Management Plan to mining industry leaders!
Owyhee River wilderness study area inventory with ONDA
OHV vandals charged in Yellowstone
Oregon's B and B Complex fire closure modified
Senate says NO to Big Oil in Alaska
Gloria Flora - Environmental Hero
Re-introducing wolves into Oregon
George Bush overlooking the environment