A Study of Contrasts

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Sign the PetitionWhy Protect the Owyhee Canyonlands?

Owyhee-naseemRakha1Our Broadwalk adventure in the Owyhee Canyonlands of southeast Oregon’s desert country is a strong and wonderful memory: the astonishing rhyolite cliffs, steep-walled canyons, and idyllic streams; lush grassy hillsides ruffling in the wind; sagebrush steppes; and wildflowers galore! Surrounded by serenading canyon wrens, owls, and meadowlarks, we glimpsed antelope, bighorn sheep, marmots, and a few rattlesnakes too!

What an inspiration it was to have Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) founder Alice Elshoff and the skilled and passionate Corie Harlan as partners and presenters to eloquently frame the Owyhee for us. Bureau of Land Management’s Vale District Manager, Don Gonzales, shared a wealth of information and responded to many questions about the agency’s management of our public lands.

AliceReadsRanchers Liz and Sean Cunningham braved a bevy of conservationists to discuss their view of ranching in today’s west. Katie Fite, passionate warrior for the sage grouse, shared her frustration with the status quo and her deep knowledge of these endangered birds. Tim Davis, local citizen, shared his commitment to protecting his “backyard” by leading hikes and speaking about the launch of Friends of the Owyhee.

Shared book passages, poems, a song, early-morning yoga, quiet walks, and birdwatching stirred our hearts—all of these activities binding us together around this place we call the Owyhee.

There couldn’t have been a more perfect conclusion than Bonnie Olin sharing adventures from her book The Owyhee River Journals to broaden our understanding and appreciation of the extent and wildness of the Owyhee Canyonlands landscape.

Owhyee Broadwalk 350A special thanks to local area experts, Corie, Julie Weikel, Scott Bowler, Tim, Katie, John Caywood, Alice, and Don Mansfield who rocked it on the hikes, sharing botany, geology, history, and more, leading us to great adventures, and bringing us home safely each day. What fun! What learning!

We each added our voices to the call for greater protections for this amazing landscape. Add yours…sign the petition to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands, or write a letter to:

Senator Ron Wyden
911 NE 11th Ave., Suite 630
Portland, OR, 97232