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.
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:
- A new plan for 5 million acres: 5 reasons to care, 3 topics to understand, 1 click to comment
- Make your comments count
Other ways to make your voice heard
The comment period is open until August 28, 2019. Right now is a 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.
- Attend a public meeting hosted by the BLM in Ontario, McDermitt or Jordan Valley
- Attend a comment writing session in Portland, Bend, Ontario or Boise. Event details coming soon.