As a lifelong river runner and health care professional, I treasure wild rivers and remote canyons, not only for the opportunity to journey through spectacular natural areas, but also for the well-being and healing they can impart. As a registered nurse, I’ve seen the toll that modern life can take on our physical and mental health. I’ve seen the cumulative damage caused by daily stress and a sedentary lifestyle. One of the best prescriptions for wellness is to get outside, get active, unplug from social media, take a break from the hectic pace of “civilization,” and reconnect with nature. Open spaces and wild places can heal our bodies and our psyches.
The Owyhee Canyonlands offer something rare and precious. The Owyhee River and its tributaries are among the nation’s most remarkable river systems. By protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands we can ensure that this pristine wild country stays the way it is and continues to nurture us—body and spirit — for generations to come.