Migration Brewing Company: Wild for the Owyhee

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Beauty punctuated every corner in the Owyhee Canyonlands during a trip with Migration Brewing Co. staff. Photo: Migration Brewing Co.
Migration Brewing Co. believes that great beer makes the journey. Their team returned from an adventure in Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands inspired by the special majesty of the place. Now, they've taken their love of place to the next level, adding their voice to call upon Senators Wyden and Merkley to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands. Read More

Oregon breweries call for protection of Owyhee Canyonlands

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Owyhee Canyonlands Wild Ale on tap at Base Camp Brewing Company. Photo: Gordon Klco
Over two dozen Oregon craft beer brewers from around the state have joined together to call for the permanent protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands. Ross Putnam, cofounder of Base Camp Brewing Company, shares why his brewery got involved and why it's important to protect the Owyhee, now. Read More

Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands: An Artist’s Dream

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The textures and colors of the Owyhee Canyonlands inspire Richard Brandt's art. Photo courtesy Richard Brandt.
Richard Brandt grew up in Oregon and has long been deeply connected to its wild places. He’s been making art for over 50 years as a way to more deeply understand his love of nature. He credits the Owyhee Canyonlands as being one of the most profound realms of beauty and deep wells of spiritual solace and inspiration he’s ever had the privilege to explore. Read More

Celebrating more than 85,000 supporters

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Looking back on a year of incredible statewide and national momentum toward protecting this desert gem, it’s also a time to reflect on the dedication and breadth of these amazing supporters. Read More

A first view of the Owyhee Canyonlands

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Climber Graham Zimmerman was awed by his first encounter with the Owyhee Canyonlands and has returned since. Photo courtesy Graham Zimmerman.
Graham Zimmerman has explored the globe, from Alaska to Patagonia to Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan. He calls Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands one of the truly spectacular areas of the American West. Read More

An epic place to view our night skies

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The Owyhee Canyonlands is home to some of the darkest remaining skies in the lower 48. Photo: Sean Bagshaw
Dan Roper lives on the west side of the Cascades in southern Oregon and loves to spend time in Oregon’s high desert. Among his favorite places are the Owyhee Canyonlands, camping beneath it's amazing stars. This week offers a prime chance to spot stars in the Owyhee during the Leonid meteor shower. Read More

Fishing the Owyhee

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Anglers in the Owyhee Canyonlands get the chance to hook native redband trout. Photo: Tim Neville
Bob Rees -- sixth-generation Oregonian, fishing guide, hunter and executive director for the Association of Northwest Steelheaders -- loves fishing the Owyhee Canyonlands. Read More

Deer hunting in the Owyhee

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Mule deer are found throughout the Owyhee Canyonlands. Photo: Larry Arbanas.
Ryan Meek grew up just outside the Owyhee Canyonlands and spent plenty of time there hunting and fishing. Here, he shares why it's amazing to hunt in such a vast, intact landscape. Read More

Birding in the Owyhee

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Burrowing owls are one of the avian species that calls the Owyhee Canyonlands home. Photo: Nick Dobric
Longtime Oregonian Alice Elshoff shares that the Owyhee Canyonlands offers amazing birding and why industrial development would damage that. Read More

Urban youth experience the Owyhee

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Citlalli Briseño learns from a veteran how to fly fish. Citlalli, Kolby Cantue-Cliette and other youth visited the Owyhee Canyonlands as part of a Soul River Inc. Outdoor Education Deployment.
The nonprofit organization Soul River Inc. connects veterans and inner-city youth in the great outdoors. Recently, Soul River brought a group to the Owyhee Canyonlands. Here, Citlalli Briseño and Kolby Cantue-Cliete share what their Owyhee adventure means to them. Read More

'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

Health care providers urge for Owyhee protections

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Dr. Stuart Garrett is one of more than 100 health care providers who have signed on to a letter urging for permanent protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands.
Dr. Stuart Garrett spent his summers growing up on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in Klamath County – and Oregon’s high desert made a lasting impression. He began his career as a physician over four decades ago. Here, he shares why protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands is critical to health care providers. A letter urging Oregon's senators to act has drawn signatures from more than 100 health care professionals across the state. Read More

Owyhee Canyonlands Study by Conservation Science Partners

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An independent study finds that the Owyhee Canyonlands is one of the "most biologically important, unprotected areas in the western U.S." Photo: Tim Neville
Independent firm Conservation Science Partners conducted a landscape-level analysis of Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands. The findings, shared here, suggest the Owyhee is "unique in the West and are deserving of permanent protection." Read More

Rally for the Owyhee

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At a recent Portland event, supporters gathered around to show their backing for a permanently protected Owyhee Canyonlands.
The Owyhee Canyonlands needs you on Monday, May 23! Join us at the Oregon Capitol in Salem the morning of Monday, May 23 to showcase the broad support for permanently protecting the Owyhee. Read More

Owyhee River SUP Expedition

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The Owyhee River requires skill to navigate, let alone on a standup paddleboard.
A Bend standup paddleboarder is attempting a roughly 200-mile, self-supported trip from Owyhee, Nevada through the canyons of Oregon along the Owyhee River. Read More

A first time on the Owyhee River

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Michael Hughes enjoying some calm water while kayaking the Owyhee River
A staffer from Northwest Rafting Co. took a first trip down the Owyhee River -- a true gem on his bucket list for many years. The rolling hills, big canyon walls, towering spires and riverside hot springs did not disappoint. Read More

Owyhee Canyonlands Spring Events

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Learn more about the Owyhee Canyonlands this spring. Check out one of these events happening around the state. Photo: Jon Muyskens
Learn more about Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands! Events are coming up around the state to share more about this special place, from geology to human history to recreation opportunities. Read More

A First-Timer's Adventure in the Owyhee

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The red spires of Leslie Gulch were on Corinne Handelman's first trip to the Owyhee Canyonlands. Photo: Corinne Handelman
Even though the Owyhee Canyonlands is not yet wilderness, Corinne Handelman added it to her tour of all of Oregon's wilderness areas due to its wild character. She left awed by the experience. Read More

The Time Is Now: Call Oregon's Senators Today

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The time is now to permanently protect the Owyhee Canyonlands. Photo: Curtis Reesor
The time is now to step up for the Owyhee! Enjoy a quick video, and call Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley today to urge for its protection. Read More

Safeguarding the land and a way of life

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Access on legal roads and routes would be preserved if the Owyhee were protected, providing access for fishing, hunting, hiking and camping. Photo: Emily O'Casey
The Owyhee Canyonlands matters deeply to Oregonians of all stripes. The Owyhee Canyonlands Conservation Proposal, which urges Congress to enact legislation, would protect what we all cherish in the region while prwserving local livelihoods. Here's a look at how. Read More

Why for the Owyhee: A Paddler's Perspective

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Thomas O'Keefe enjoys an amazing float on the Owyhee River. Photo: Grace Kane
The Owyhee Canyonlands offer a unique backcountry experience for whitewater enthusiasts. Here, Thomas O'Keefe, Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for the national conservation group American Whitewater, shares why the Owyhee Canyonlands should be protected for generations to come. Read More

More than 150 Oregon businesses support protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands

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Rafting and paddling are big draws in the Owyhee Canyonlands, contributing to both the local and state economies. Photo: Chad Case

Citing the critical role protected public lands play in Oregon's robust outdoor recreation economy, more than 150 Oregon businesses have signed on to letters urging Senator Ron Wyden to take action to preserve the Owyhee Canyonlands, KEEN Footwear announced October 13.

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The Trip of a Lifetime

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A rafter gazes up in awe during a float on the Owyhee River. Photo: Mariah Hinds
The Owyhee River, oft called Oregon's Grand Canyon, is a renowned bucket list rafting trip. Here, Brian Sykes of Bend-based Ouzel Outfitters shares why this place is so exceptional, from the geology to flora to fauna. Read More

Owyhee Canyonlands Upcoming Events

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Bonnie Olin takes in the view in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Photo: Mike Quigley.
Learn how to get out in the Owyhee Canyonlands and why they deserve permanent protection in two great events coming to the Portland area and one in The Dalles. Read More

A Broad View of the Owyhee

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A group from the Great Old Broads for Wilderness enjoys a hike in the Owyhee Canyonlands in May. The trip made a lasting impression. Photo: Corie Harlan
In May, roughly 40 people converged in the Owyhee Canyonlands, many for the first time. It was a gathering of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a national organization conceived by older women who love wilderness that gives voice to the millions of older Americans who want to protect their public lands. Broad Susan Kearns was there, and here shares what became a magical long weekend. Read More

Facts about Protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands

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A hiker marvels in one of the canyons of the Owyhee country. Photo: Sean Bagshaw
There are myriad reasons to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands, from its stunning vistas to its incredible wildlife habitat to its outstanding recreation opportunities. Learn more about how safeguarding this area is a win for all. Read More

Outside the guidebook and filled with surprises

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The West Little Owyhee River curls through the Owyhee country, carving steep canyons. Photo: Borden Beck
Borden Beck, a longtime outings volunteer with the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, shares a magical Owyhee experience and urges others to support the efforts of the Sierra Club -- an Owyhee Coalition member -- to protect Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands. Read More

Owyhee First Thursday Event Comes to KEEN Garage in Portland

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Golden light bathes the Owyhee Canyonlands in winter. Photo: Christof Teuscher
Eastern Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands represent the largest conservation opportunity in the American West. Come celebrate and take action to protect this special place that belongs to all of us at the Owyhee First Thursday Event at the KEEN Garage in Portland. Read More

Childlike wonder in the Owyhee

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A hiker peers into a cavern within the Jordan Craters lava flow in the Owyhee Canyonlands. The Owyhee, Kyle Smith says, has enough diversity to fascinate for a lifetime. Photo by Kyle Smith.
Kyle Smith of Salem, Oregon, loves exploring Oregon with his friends and family. And one of his favorite places for such adventure and solitude is the Owyhee Canyonlands. Read More

NEWS RELEASE: New proposal would permanently protect 2.5 million acres of Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands

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The Owyhee River Canyon, oft called "Oregon's Grand Canyon," and other treasures would be forever protected under the Owyhee Coalition's proposal. Photo: Tyson Fisher
Roughly 2.5 million acres of Oregon’s most stunning, ecologically significant public lands would be protected for future generations under a proposal put forward Wednesday by a coalition of local, regional and national organizations. Read More

The Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign heats up this summer

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Hikers trek through the Owyhee Canyonlands. This desert gem is recognized as an area deserving of permenent protection, most recently by KEEN Footwear. The company picked the Owyhee as one of five places in the country to highlight in a national conservation campaign. Photo: Jim Davis
The importance and sweeping majesty of sagebrush ecosystems have continued to receive more recognition as of late. As such, this summer and fall the statewide effort to permanently protect Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands is hitting full throttle. Read More

Through the Owyhee on the Oregon Desert Trail

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A bighorn sheep skull lies along the path of the Oregon Desert Trail through the Owyhee Canyonlands. While it may be called a trail, for two women this past spring it was a journey of solitude and discovery. Photo by Talia Galvin.
Roughly 200 miles of the nearly 800-mile Oregon Desert Trail stretch through the Owyhee Canyonlands. Joseph resident Nikki Beachy and her friend, Talia Galvin of Bend, backpacked 27 miles of the Oregon Desert Trail in the Owyhee Canyonlands this past spring, starting in Leslie Gulch and weaving north through stunning formations. Along the way, they appreciated the power and wonder of the high desert. Here, Nikki Beachy shares their adventure. Read More

June Owyhee Events

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Bonnie Olin enjoys a viewpoint in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Photo: Mike Quigley
A delicious taste of eastern Oregon is coming west this month! Catch one of these events showcasing the beauty, recreational opportunity and ecological significance of the Owyhee Canyonlands, a natural area that at 2.1 million acres nearly equals Yellowstone National Park in size and also amazes in its diversity and allure. Read More

A Taste of the Owyhee

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Get a taste of the Owyhee Canyonlands in our short video.
The Owyhee Canyonlands brims with opportunities for adventure. Get a taste for Owyhee outings in our quick video! Read More

A Quiet, Beautiful Space

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The West Little Owyhee River canyon made an impression on Honora Englander, who regularly thinks back on its beauty and solitude. Photo by Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan.
Honora Englander is an internal medicine physician and leader in health reform at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Central City Concern’s Old Town Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Last fall, she explored the Owyhee Canyonlands for the first time. Here, she recounts her memorable trip. Read More

Roderick Nash: A Dory Down the Owyhee River

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Years ago, Roderick Nash and a friend ran a dory down the Owyhee River. This boat is at Greeley Bar on the Owyhee River, courtesy of Wapiti River Guides.
Dr. Roderick Frazier Nash, professor emeritus of history and environmental studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, is renown for his work on wilderness. His books, “Wilderness and the American Mind” and “The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics,” are considered conservation classics. Here, Dr. Nash shares a glimpse of a trip in Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands.  Read More

West Little Owyhee, Circa 1978

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A group of BLM staff and volunteers, including author Joe Walicki, pose after a hike through the West Little Owyhee River Canyon in 1978. Photo courtesy Joe Walicki
More than three decades ago, Joe Walicki made an eye-opening journey up the West Little Owyhee River Canyon. Here he reflects on his discovery of this special place. Read More

An Owyhee Palette

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These are pigments artist and Ontario native Nancy Pobanz created out of small amounts of rock collected in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Courtesy Nancy Pobanz.
Artist Nancy Pobanz grew up in Ontario and returns to the high desert time and again to seek inspiration and the materials for her work, particularly Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands. Read More

Ancient Owyhee visitors

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Sandals such as these, which are more than 9,000 years old, have been found throughout southeastern Oregon. Photo courtesy of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
People have lived in Oregon for thousands of years, including in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Dr. Tom Connolly, archaeological research director for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History & State Museum of Anthropology, recently shared the latest thoughts on the history of human habitation in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in southeastern Oregon. Read More

Of lava, Yellowstone and the Owyhee

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The fascinating honeycomb formations found in the Owyhee Canyonlands are due in part to the region's volcanic past.
The fascinating geology of the Owyhee Canyonlands ranges from millions of years ago, when the land was part of the supervolcano that’s now Yellowstone, to just thousands of years ago when Jordan Craters became coated in lava. Here, Oregon State University-Cascades Professor Daniele McKay shares how this region formed over the millennia. Read More

The Owyhee Big Five for 2014

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Volunteers delivered thousands of petition signatures urging for protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands to Sen. Ron Wyden's Portland office in 2014. Photo: Chris Hansen
From an Outside magazine shout-out to a surge of support for conservation, the Owyhee Canyonlands campaign hit full-throttle in 2014. Check out our Big Five for the year. Read More

An Owyhee upbringing

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Karl Findling poses during the hunt in the Owyhee Canyonlands in which he got his first deer. He hopes the Owyhee Canyonlands remains a prime place to hunt and fish.
Karl Findling lives in Bend and is the regional volunteer representative for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, a group dedicated to protecting wild places. Here, he shares his family history and fond memories of growing up near the Owyhee Canyonlands and why he hopes it will gain protection.  Read More

Love of the land, love of the hunt

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While this bull wasn't taken in the Owyhee Canyonlands, Daniel Hammer, center, hunts regularly in Owyhee country and considers it one of his favorite spots.
Daniel Hammer has long loved hunting in the Owyhee Canyonlands. Now, the former cabinetmaker is a student in the Oregon State University-Cascades Natural Resources Program in Bend. Here, he shares how love of land and the hunt go hand in hand. Read More

Appreciating wide-open spaces

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Christof Teuscher captures the November light in the Owyhee Canyonlands at Three Fingers Rock.
Christof and Ursina Teuscher now live in Portland but originally hail from Switzerland, a tiny country where solitude is rare. Since moving to the U.S. in 2004, they have fallen in love with the Wild West, favoring the freedom and open space of the high desert. Here, they share their thoughts and images. Read More

William Sullivan Urges Owyhee Protection

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Oregon outdoors expert William Sullivan calls Chalk Basin a fantastic part of the Owyhee Canyonlands. Photo: William Sullivan
Long considered a sage of Oregon's outdoors, William Sullivan has authored 18 books and regularly writes for newspapers about hiking throughout the state. Here, he shares his thoughts on a treasured Owyhee Canyonlands locale -- Chalk Basin -- including directions on how to get there and why he thinks the Owyhee deserves more protection. Read More

What the Owyhees Mean to Me

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Tim Davis poses with two of his children in what he considers his childhood home, the Owyhee Canyonlands.
Tim Davis grew up a stone's throw from the Owyhee Canyonlands in Adrian. Now a father of five, Tim lives up the road in Ontario. Here he reflects on what he considers his childhood home, the Owyhee country. Read More

Through a photographer's eyes

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Tyson Fisher captured this image, called "River of Light," looking down into the Owyhee River canyon in February.
Oregon photographer Tyson Fisher began making forays into the Owyhee Canyonlands within the last few years. Here, he shares in words and images how the area provides an endless artistic canvass. Read More

Signatures for Senator Wyden

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Owyhee Canyonlands support Richard Brandt, right, poses with Campaign for the Owyhee Canyonlands staff Chris Hansen, left, and a staffer for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden at the senator's Portland office.
The Campaign for the Owyhee Canyonlands has gathered thousands of petition signatures in support of permanent protection for the most scenic and ecologically significant areas of the region. Last week, the campaign began delivering the signatures to the staff of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden in his Portland, Oregon office. Here, one volunteer for the campaign shares how empowering it felt to act on behalf of a place he loves. Read More

Rock Art in the Owyhee

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Rock art crafted by people thousands of years ago appears in many locations in Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands.
Native Americans traversed the Owyhee Canyonlands regularly, leaving reminders in stone. Petroglyphs -- are images carved into rocks -- abound in Oregon's Owyhee country. Here, Eugene, Oregon-based rock art enthusiast Douglas Beauchamp shares some of his thoughts on and images of area petroglyphs. Read More

Diary of the Owyhee

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Bonnie Olin gazes over the Owyhee Canyonlands in an image from her book, "The Owyhee River Journals." Photo: Mike Quigley
Bonnie Olin and her husband, Mike Quigley, believe a trip to the Owyhee Canyonlands is rewarding on multiple levels. The duo put together the words and images for the recently released book "The Owyhee River Journals." Read More

Magnificent Owyhee

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Appreciating an Owyhee sunset.
Matt Skroch of Pew's Western Lands Initiative journeyed into the Owyhee Canyonlands last spring. Despite tough weather, he was blown away by the region's wildness. Read More

Secrecy or Publicity?

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Hikers enjoy an Owyhee canyon. Nancy Burgon and Todd Wells decided to share their knowledge of the Owyhee Canyonlands to help protect it. Photo: Jim Davis.
It's difficult when more people start frequenting our favorite places, write Bend-area residents Nancy Burgon and Todd Wells. These avid hikers struggled with whether to share their knowledge of some of their favorite eastern Oregon locales like the Owyhee Canyonlands. But they decided in the end that, for the sake of the land, it's worth it. Here, they share their ethical journey. Read More

Packrafting the Owyhee

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There were portages involved, but packrafting the Middle Fork of the Owyhee River made for a stunning journey. Photo: Jon Muyskens
"It is safe to say," writes Jon Muyskens, "it is the only time I have ever asked myself whether it was worth risking going into hypothermia just to spend a bit more time in a beautiful area. It’s really that good."
Muyskens, an Oregon photographer with a yen for the high desert. Shares his first experience packrafting -- in the Owyhee Middle Fork -- as well as his stunning images. Packrafting combines backpacking and rafting, and it's perfect for exploring some sections of Oregon's Owhyee Canyonlands. Read More

Owyhee Canyonlands: Blissfully off-the-grid

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Bob DenOuden compares views down into Toppin Canyon in the Owyhee to those in southern Utah.
In this age, when highways crisscross most of the land, a truly off-the-grid adventure is difficult to come by. Eugene resident Bob DenOuden reflects here on an off-the-grid visit to the Owyhee Canyonlands last spring and why the Owyhee is meaningful to him. Read More

Outside Magazine honors Owyhee Canyonlands

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Hikers explore the West Little Owyhee Canyon in the Owyhee Canyonlands.
The Owyhee Canyonlands are again getting noticed! Outside Magazine has selected the Oregon Desert Trail for its 2014 Travel Awards, a honor bestowed on 50 stunning locales around the globe. The Owyhee Canyonlands makes up 200 miles of the trail. Read More

NatGeo takes on Oregon's Owyhee

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Filming in the Owyhee can be an adventure. Courtesy National Geographic Channels.
Monday at 8 p.m. PST, cable channel NatGeo Wild will showcase Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands in an episode titled "On The Rocks" in the show Going Wild. Heidi Hagemeier, who works on the Campaign for the Owyhee Canyonlands, intends to watch, even though the reality TV take on one of her favorite places might be taking things to the extremes. Read More

Running the Wild Owyhee

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Rafting the Owyhee River is considered a bucket list river trip. Photo: Brian Sykes
The Owyhee River, oft called Oregon's Grand Canyon, is renown as a bucket list rafting trip. Here in an interview, Brian Sykes of Bend-based Ouzel Outfitters shares why this place is so exceptional. Read More

Owyhee at REI

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A group pauses while hiking the Painted Canyon Loop in the Owyhee Canyonlands.
Learn about the geology, cultural history and wildlife of the Owyhee Canyonlands! The Campaign for the Owyhee Canyonlands will be presenting at three REI stores in the Portland, Oregon area. Read More