Larry Pennington


Ten years ago, I moved to Central Oregon to downhill ski. I had retired from 22 years in the U.S. Navy operating nuclear reactors and a follow-on career primarily in nuclear contamination clean-up at the Hanford Reservation in Washington state. But in Oregon, I found so much more than skiing! I found mountains to hike, junipers to love, wonderful people to play with, and a cause to devote my free time to – preserving my adopted state so those who come after could see it the way it is for me.

I am passionate about protecting Oregon’s own Utah Canyonlands, the Owyhee Canyonlands. I have traveled it from the northern Owyhee Reservoir, to Leslie Gulch, to Coffeecup Crater, to Three Forks, and to Anderson Crossing at the Nevada and Idaho borders. This is a place that deserves permanent protection. I urge you to join in the effort for Oregon’s own national treasure, the Owyhee Canyonlands. Future generations will thank us.

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