I moved to Oregon two decades ago, drawn in part by its astounding natural areas. I had the opportunity to live all over the state – Klamath Falls, Union, Blue River – before settling down in Portland. And very early on, I hiked, camped and explored in the Owyhee Canyonlands.
The Owyhee today feels like it’s escaped the heavy hand of man. Its craggy canyon formations, huge horizons and sheer remoteness are like nothing else in Oregon. Yet history shows over and over that the qualities we all cherish will erode if we don’t decide together what future we want for these public lands.
The Owyhee Canyonlands is a delicate desert environment. Let’s have the foresight to protect it today. I have no doubt that future generations will thank us.