Broads teamed with ONDA to host a Broadwalk in the Spring Bason area of Oregon in 2008 to support the 6,383-acre Spring Basin Wilderness proposal. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which included the Spring Basin Wilderness, was signed into law by President Barak Obama on March 30, 2009.

Title: ONDA Desert Conference XXIV
Dates: Sept 20-22, 2012
Location: Bend, OR
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Description: The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) announces the return of the Desert Conference this fall. Since 1978, the Desert Conference has served to bring together, inspire, and educate those who care about the high desert of the Great Basin and beyond. The conference provides a forum for land-managers, conservation organizations, academics and advocates to educate and inspire one another, and collaborate on critical desert issues.

Panel topics include: Sage-grouse management and conservation, beaver recovery and stream restoration, public lands stewardship, renewable energy, habitat conservation, and much more.

Desert Conference XXVI will take place where the sagebrush sea meets the mountains in idyllic Bend, Oregon. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival kicks off the conference September 20 and panels will run September 21 and 22.

This year’s conference features Keynote speaker and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Kathleen Dean Moore, guest speaker and honored poet Ursula K. Le Guin, music by local bluegrass band Truck Stop Gravy, plus panels on topics covering a variety of desert issues.

Broads Board of Directors member, Shelley Spalding will present a short offering on “A Broad Brand of Stewardship.”

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