An Oregonian by choice, I have been fortunate to live in eastern and western Oregon for several decades. While Astoria in Clatsop County is mostly home these days, the Owyhee Canyonlands belong to all of us and remain a siren song in my life — from happy memories of hiking and camping with my daughter to daydreams of anticipated visits to Leslie Gulch and its many canyons.
The Owyhee’s magnificent red-rock country is a unique geologic jewel in Oregon, offering an awe-inspiring experience for all who visit. The hotel where I work depends on tourism, making me acutely aware of how important it is to preserve Oregon’s special places, providing opportunities for visitors to explore year after year.
Visitors and Oregonians are enchanted with the Owyhee because of its red-rock canyons, rolling plains, wild rivers and ample recreational opportunities. It is important for all of us to make sure the wild Owyhee Canyonlands remains as it is today for present and future generations.