The winter scenes I added to this collection of Winter in The Badlands were taken along the Flatiron or Ancient Juniper trails. This magnificent snow-dusted juniper really caught my eye against the deep blue sky.
Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION AND DESCRIPTION
The mission of Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness (F.o.B., the Fobbits) is to restore, protect and preserve the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. Individuals are engaged in the community, in education and restoration projects while at the same time deepening their connection with the landscape, building support for wilderness in Oregon.
The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is located approximately 15 miles east of Bend and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The Wilderness is highlighted by rugged, high desert, volcanic formations and 1000 year old ancient junipers.
Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness volunteers have an informal partnership with the BLM and helped to have this area become a fully protected Wilderness, March 30, 2009.
By teaming up with the BLM, Friends of the Badlands Wilderness receives expert guidance and is able to focus its attention on our stewardship role with vital tasks such as monitoring boundaries, native plant restoration, sign maintenance, installation and public outreach. As the eyes, ears, and hiking boots on the ground of the BLM , the Friends have helped to secure fully protected Wilderness designation for this precious high desert jewel. To enable the Fobbits to carry out the Mission, we encourage all members to donate just the small amount of $10 to the cause. While all Fobbits are more than welcome at all events and outings, those members who donate will enjoy a special newsletter and extra-special considerations from local area merchants, restaurants and venues.
Please go to this link (will be posted soon) to learn how to donate, and become an even greater Fobbit!