We are glad you are here!
at the Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness, The Fobbits.
We focus on the protection, preservation and restoration needs of your "Oregon Badlands Wilderness".
For example, there are nearly sixty miles of trails in the Badlands and 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, 2010, the FOBBITS engaged over 400 volunteers resulting in 1710 hours of on-the-ground work and outreach programs.
Restoration efforts included the closure of 4 obsolete roads in the Badlands Wilderness by erecting signs and placing natural camouflage, clearing debris from an old shooting range, the removal of over three tons and three miles of obsolete barbed-wire fence, the installation of numerous trailhead directional signs, placement of over 100 Wilderness Boundary signs, replacement of many trailhead signs, production of 3,000 Oregon Badlands Wilderness educational brochures, and participation in dozens of restoration trips.
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 Landscape System.
David Eddleston Manager, Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness