We are the stewards of Oregon Badlands Wilderness, a high desert jewel of the National Conservation Lands.

The Oregon Badlands Wilderness holds a number of remarkable and exciting landforms and geologic features. The 30,000-acre wilderness includes rugged high-desert features of unique volcanic formations and thousand year old juniper trees. Windblown volcanic ash and eroded lava make up the sandy, high-colored soil that covers the low and flat places in these fields of lava.

The Badlands formed in an unusual way. The underground vent that supplied lava flow from the present Newberry Caldera to the area called Badlands Wilderness developed a hole in the roof at its highest point, which became the source of the lava flow in a general northeast direction. An irregular-shaped pit crater at the top of the shield marks the site where lava flowed to create the Badlands. It is located about 1500 feet northeast of milepost 15 on Highway 20.

Soils in the Badlands were largely formed from ash associated with Mt. Mazama, now known as Crater Lake. A variety of wildlife species inhabit the area; yellow-bellied marmots, bobcat, mule deer, elk, antelope, as well as over 100 avian species including prairie falcons and golden eagles.

 

The President signed the Wilderness Omnibus Bill, March 30, 2009 creating the permanently protected "Oregon Badlands Wilderness", a high desert jewel of the National Conservation Lands.

We focus on the protection, preservation and restoration needs of the "Oregon Badlands Wilderness". There are nearly sixty miles of trails in the Badlands. The FoBBits (F.o.B.), working closely with our partner, The Bureau of Land Management, (BLM) are responsible for all route closures, trailheads, signage and trailhead/trail maintenance and monitoring.

We also provide public contact, native plant restoration, and area record keeping (this includes a catalog of photographs of the area), and providing a valuable role in maintaining restoration, protection and preservation efforts.

Check the link http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/badlands/  for the latest map and information.

 

Our ability to engage with community volunteers is crucial to the long-term protection of this newly-established Wilderness area. Last year the FoBBits engaged over 500 volunteers resulting in 1710 hours of on-the-ground work and outreach programs.

Restoration efforts included the closure of obsolete roads in the Badlands Wilderness by erecting signs and placing natural camouflage, clearing debris from an old shooting range. Volunteers removed over four tons and four miles of obsolete barbed-wire fence, installed numerous trailhead directional signs and placed over 100 Wilderness Boundary signs.

We replaced and repaired many trailhead signs, produced 3,000 Oregon Badlands Wilderness educational brochures, and organized many outreach and interpretive tours for schools, at-risk-youth and corporate community members.

Please join!

David Eddleston
Executive Director
Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness