Wasco County, Oregon

Dan Van Vactor

Sixth-generation Oregonian

As a sixth-generation Oregonian, the state’s wild and stunning landscapes are embedded in every facet of my life. Whenever I’ve gotten the chance, I’ve spent my free time camping, hiking, rafting and exploring Oregon’s natural treasures like the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Referred to by the Spanish as part of the “Northern Mystery,” the corners of Oregon, Idaho and Nevada remain one of the least populated and developed parts of the continental United States. Opportunities for solitude, primitive recreation and backcountry experiences, as well as a chance to unplug from the pressures and noise of our increasingly busy world, are unparalleled in the Owyhee Canyonlands.

The chance to protect this incredible natural landscape is an important moment in the history of Oregon. Achieving permanent protection will help and safeguard the history, heritage and culture of southeastern Oregon’s unique high desert landscape for all Americans.

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