2021 Independent Stewardship Registration Form

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Please fill out this form to indicate your interests and availability for ONDA's Independent Stewardship Program in 2021.

Allow about 12 minutes to complete all the information; the form can be saved and returned to.


You will need to complete all four sections: 1) your information, 2) participation waiver, 3) COVID-specific protocols, 4) volunteer skills/preferences.
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Please ensure the email address entered here is unique to you. If you enter the same e mail address as another ONDA contact (likely a spouse or family member) it will cause a significant delay in processing your form.
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Have you ever been charged with any criminal offense? (required)
Do you have a suspended license, have you had a DUI/DWI within the past 7 years, or three moving violations within the last 3 years? (required)
Emergency Contact Information
Medical Information
Please describe your reactions (severity and symptoms) to each, and if you carry an anaphylaxis kit.
Physical limitations, medical conditions or restrictions:
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Please read carefully before completing - This is a release of liability and a release of certain legal rights
In consideration for my being permitted by the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) to participate in the various activities that take place in the backcountry and wilderness regions of Oregon, I agree to the following waiver and release: I acknowledge that backcountry and wilderness travel, activities and work projects have inherent risks, hazards and dangers that cannot be eliminated, particularly in a wilderness environment. I understand that these risks, hazards and dangers include without limitation:
  1. Risks arising from any activities in areas where no outside services are available or provided; where rescue and advanced medical care and services are limited and will be slow, if available at all; where trail or road conditions vary, are not maintained or controlled and are unpredictable and changeable; where hazards may not be obvious or visible; where weather is changeable and unpredictable;
  2. Risks involved in decision making and route finding in a wilderness environment; and
  3. Such other risks, hazards and dangers that are integral to wilderness travel and any and all outdoor sports and activities that take place in a wilderness environment such as hiking, climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, working, trail construction and repair.
I have read and understand the information provided by ONDA regarding the activities, work projects, and travel to and from the areas for such activities and projects and also acknowledge that ONDA staff has been available to more fully explain to me the risks, hazards and dangers of the subject activities and projects. I understand that participation in the travel, activities, and projects in a wilderness environment may require good physical conditioning and a degree of skill and knowledge different from other activities. I understand that I have responsibilities as a backcountry user. I am voluntarily participating in the activities and projects of ONDA with full knowledge of the inherent risks, hazards and dangers involved and hereby assume and accept any and all risks of injury, paralysis or death.
Lastly, for myself, my heirs, successors and executors, I hereby knowingly and intentionally waive and release, indemnify and hold harmless ONDA, its directors, officers, agents and employees, from and against any and all claims, actions, causes of action, liabilities, suits, expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) and Negligence of any kind or nature, whether foreseen or unforeseen, arising directly or indirectly out of any damage, loss, injury, paralysis, or death to me or my property as a result of my participation in the activities and projects of the ONDA, the use of its information services and traveling in a wilderness environment from Negligence of ONDA, its directors, officers, agents or employees, or from some other cause. I further agree not to sue ONDA as a result of any injury, paralysis or death that may occur while participating in its activities or projects.
Photo release: ONDA frequently uses photos of, and by, volunteers in ONDA’s newsletter, web and print publications. I allow ONDA to use any photos I appear in or have provided to ONDA.
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COVID-19 Statement of Understanding and Assumption of Risk
Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic including information and recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The health and safety of our volunteers and staff is our top priority and ONDA is working diligently to ensure that we have the proper controls and protocols in place. This Statement of Understanding and Assumption of Risk supplements but does not replace any of ONDA's waivers, releases or other agreements signed by ONDA volunteers.

I understand there are risks of contracting Covid-19 which can be reduced but not eliminated and that mitigation efforts require the understanding and cooperation of everyone participating in an adventure activity as defined in the Release. I have chosen to voluntarily participate in the activity and I both assume the risk of contracting Covid-19 and agree to take measures intended to keep me and others around me safe and healthy.

While traveling to an ONDA activity, I agree to:
  • Only travel with members of my household
  • Take enough supplies to be self-sufficient while traveling to and from the activity and minimize stops in communities to fuel and rest areas
  • Keep a face mask with me and follow all state requirements for wearing when within six feet of any person outside my household and in all indoor spaces
  • Carry hand sanitizer to use before and after interactions
  • Look up local guidelines and phases of reopening in locations you will be traveling. Before visiting please look up or call land managers to know what to expect, some facilities and businesses may not be open
While participating in the activity, I agree to:
  • Use hand washing and equipment sanitizing routines
  • Use respiratory etiquette including stepping away from others and coughing and sneezing into my elbow or shoulder
  • Not touch my face with unwashed hands
  • Not share personal items like water bottles, lip balm and eating utensils
  • Maintain a social distances of at least 6 feet from others whenever possible
  • Wear a mask anytime I am requested to do so and at all times when I must be within 6 feet from another person
I understand there are a number of symptoms of Covid-19, some of which are: fever over 100.5*F, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, fatigue, chills, headache, sore throat, loss of sense of smell and taste, and gastrointestinal infections similar to norovirus which may cause vomiting and diarrhea. If I have any of these symptoms, I will not travel to and participate in an ONDA stewardship project.

All information provided to ONDA will be treated as confidential; however, ONDA may be required by law to disclose this information to public health organizations. If requested, I must provide a statement to ONDA with the names of all persons with whom I have had close (less than 6 feet) contact with at least 72 hours prior to becoming ill. I understand that this is only a summary and should not be considered a comprehensive statement regarding Covid-19.
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Independent Stewardship preferences:

Please note: Project offerings in 2021 are limited; we’ll do our best to match you with independent stewardship opportunities that fit your interests. Projects will be offered throughout the year, and we will contact you at least 4 weeks before the opportunity to gauge your interest and availability. Complete the below questions to help us match you to the appropriate opportunity.
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I have carefully read, clearly understand and voluntarily sign this statement of understanding and assumption of risk.