'A Natural Trail': Kayaking the Owyhee River

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Traveling the Owyhee River by boat is an amazing way to experience this pristine region. Photo: Tom O'Keefe
Thomas O'Keefe is the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater, which is the primary advocate for the protection and restoration of whitewater rivers across the county. This year, Thomas journeyed down the upper Owyhee River via kayak. Here, he shares what made the trip remarkable and why he's convinced the area must be permanently protected for future generations. Read More

State report illustrates threat to the Owyhee Canyonlands

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A recent state report highlights mining potential in Malheur County, underscoring the need to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands. Photo: Tyson Fisher
Malheur County contains high potential for mining uranium, lithium, gold and silver, diatomite, bentonite and zeolite, according to a new report issued this week by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). It highlights why the future of Oregon's Owyhee remains uncertain and that permanent protection is needed. Read More

The Owyhees: Get Lost Here

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Tyson Fisher named this image 'Strawberry Moon.' The Owyhee's dark night skies and deep canyons - accessible year round - provide 'epic solitude' that's ideal to photograph, he says. Photo: Tyson Fisher
Tyson Fisher has been photographing the Owyhee Canyonlands for more than 15 years. Here, he shares favorite images from a recent backpacking/rafting trip through the heart of the Owyhees and why he's passionate about forever  preserving this landscape. Read More

Camping in the Owyhee Canyonlands

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Starry night skies in the Owyhee Canyonlands make for magical camping experiences. Photo: Jim Davis
Jeff Moore lives on the Oregon Coast but has for years made regular trips to the state's east side, both with family and as a trip leader with high school students. Here, he shares his wonder for Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands and why he feels it's time to permanently protect it. Read More