As a professional fish biologist, I spend a lot of time on our public lands. As an avid fly fisherman, whitewater boater and photographer, I truly understand the value of wild places and have experienced their beauty first hand. I have personally seen special places for fish, wildlife and recreation severely impacted by development, mineral extraction and irresponsible ATV use. Without protection, these special places are disappearing from the landscape.
The Owyhee Canyonlands is a perfect example of one of these special places. It has been protected up to now because of its remoteness, but that can only last so long. This area is now being threatened by parties that take from the land and don’t give anything back.
The opportunities to preserve these wild places are few and far between as development grows rapidly in our state. The Owyhee Canyonlands is a truly unique landscape in Oregon and deserves protection so that my son can one day experience the beauty and tranquility of this special place with me.