Keep our wild places wild

The comment period for the Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan closed in the fall of 2019. Check back for updates and new ways to make your voice heard in this important process.

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.

Right now, 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 is seeking public input on the Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan during a 90-day 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.

Dive deeper

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 with these useful resources from Owyhee Coalition partner, Oregon Natural Desert Association: