I was born and raised in Oregon and have lived all over the state, choosing Summer Lake as my home. While every corner of the state amazes me, as a writer and artist I get my deepest inspiration from high desert landscapes like the Owyhee Canyonlands. The feeling one gets exploring the Owyhee’s canyons is unlike anything else. It is a pristine and wild place that offers a sense of what it might have been like when there were less of us driving cars and drilling holes. Instead, birds singing, water falling and wind moving across ridges and up canyons are the canons of sound in the Owyhee.
Preserving this canyon, the opportunity for all to feel a place untouched and primal, is vital.
It’s important that we make healthy decisions for the future of the Owyhee Canyonlands. Industrial development cannot be allowed to degrade a landscape that brims with life and brings so many peace, awe and wonder. There are paths forward that can protect both the Owyhee and the economic viability of eastern Oregon. I believe we as Oregonians owe it to each other to find such a path together.
I love my state, its people, our stories. I want history to show that we came together to keep intact and protected the extraordinary place that is Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands.