Hood River County, Oregon

Lee Christie

Teacher

Protecting and preserving the Owyhee Canyonlands will be an important piece of Oregon’s conservation legacy. This place in the remote southeast corner of our state is one of sheer beauty. It contains amazing vistas, colorful and unusual rock formations, a wild river and more peace and solitude than you can imagine.

Oregon is blessed with so much: from our rainforest coastline, to our beautiful Columbia River Gorge and the Hood River Valley, to the rugged Owyhee Canyonlands. Even after 25 years visiting every corner of our state, I am still amazed and awed by the diversity of ecosystems. Yet as a teacher of outdoor environmental education to our youth, I value and appreciate the unique and diverse ecosystems found in the Owyhee.

It will take a collective and unified voice to speak up for the Owyhee. It is our responsibility to protect it for future generations.

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Zach Collier

Business Owner

My business depends on clean rivers that flow through wild places like the Owyhee Canyonlands. As owner of and guide for a rafting and kayaking outfitting business, Northwest Rafting Company, I have led rafting trips all over the world and can attest to the unique qualities and beauty of the Owyhee.

With activities like rafting, people come to southeastern Oregon and spend their money in stores, hotels, restaurants, and other outdoor recreation businesses. Protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands will allow me to grow my business and bring more visitors to the special part of Oregon. By safeguarding the Owyhee, we are investing in small businesses and the recreation economy.

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