Keep our wild places wild

The Owyhee Coalition is continuing to work with Oregonians and our elected leaders towards a forever-protected Owyhee. But in the meantime, we need to ensure there will be wild places left to protect.

This fall, you have a rare, important opportunity to help ensure millions of acres of southeast Oregon’s desert public lands are managed to protect and improve their wild nature.
The Bureau of Land Management will be seeking public input on the Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan during an upcoming comment period. This process will create the blueprint for how nearly 5 million acres in Southeastern Oregon are managed, including beloved places in the Owyhee Canyonlands like Leslie Gulch, Three Forks and Birch Creek. 
Until permanent protection is put in place for the Owyhee Canyonlands, this is one of the best opportunities you have to protect the things you care about in Oregon’s high desert. 
This process is a key opportunity to help protect habitat of the imperiled sage grouse, determine where Off-Road Vehicles can and cannot travel, and protect wild desert places to camp, hike and bird. You can help shape how these lands will be managed for decades to come. Three main issues will be addressed in this planning process: Lands with Wilderness Characteristics, Off-Road Vehicle and Travel Management and Livestock Grazing. Take a deeper dive on these issues and learn how to make your comments count with these useful resources from Owyhee Coalition partner, Oregon Natural Desert Association:

Ready? Submit your comments

The comment period will open soon – likely in November. This will be the critical window of time to make your voice heard and ensure the BLM knows there is widespread support for strong, conservation-focused management in this landscape. 
  • • When the comment period opens, you can submit comments via mail, email, or online. 
  • • Comment writing sessions will also be held in Portland, Bend, Ontario and Boise. 
  • • Additional information and details on where and how to submit comments will be available here when the comment period opens. 
  • • Send an email to with the subject “I care about desert planning” to receive an alert when the comment period opens.