The Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign

The Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign is a statewide effort to permanently protect more than 2 million acres in Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands. 

Growing support

Statewide and local support for protecting this special place is growing. The Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign is supported by many voices calling for permanent protection of this Oregon treasure, including conservation groups, businesses, Malheur County-based Friends of the Owyhee, and Oregonians across the state. Thousands of people have already signed the petition to protect the Owyhee area, with more supporters adding their voices to the effort every day.

Owyhee Canyonlands Conservation Concept

The campaign envisions a future for the Owyhee where plant and animal communities flourish, wide-open spaces and recreational opportunities abound and local communities thrive. Future generations will inherit the same beauty and solitude that we find in the Owyhee Canyonlands today.

Permanently protecting the most special places within the Owyhee Canyonlands would safeguard its deep, red-rock canyons, rolling plains, wild rivers and ample recreational opportunities for future generations. It would protect the area’s fascinating geology, rich ancient history, healthy wildlife habitat and unique ecology. Extractive uses that would permanently damage these pristine places would not be allowed, while activities like fishing, boating, hunting and hiking would continue. Working farms and ranches would continue to operate. We’re working to have the foresight to prevent the sort of development and impacts that have quickly taken hold in other areas of the West in the most unique and ecologically significant areas of the Owyhee. The Owyhee Canyonlands deserve protection. There are a variety of legislative and administrative options the Campaign is considering to permanently protect this place.

The Owyhee Coalition

The Owyhee Coalition consists of local, regional and national groups that recognize the conservation, recreation and economic values of the area and support the Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign. They provide a strong, coordinated voice calling for permanent protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands. 

Owyhee Coalition members include: 

Sign the petition

Join our efforts to protect this pristine place. Sign your name to the petition seeking to protect the Owyhee today.

Keep in Touch

We invite you to experience the wonder of the Owyhee Canyonlands. After you do, we hope you will join us in speaking out to preserve its most special places.

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