As a fifth-generation eastern Oregonian I’m a strong supporter of protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands. My great-great-grandparents came to the Burnt River Valley in 1863 and I grew up in a small town south of Baker City – Hereford. I spent the majority of my youth roaming the hills, fishing the streams and hunting everywhere. From these experiences, I’ve come to believe we are stewards of this planet and simply can no longer engage in practices that threaten to destroy the lands we live, work and play on.
As a farmer, I know I must be a good steward of my land to remain sustainable for the future. Similarly, I see the value and wisdom in protecting the unspoiled landscape, wild rivers and ample recreational opportunities found in the Owyhee Canyonlands.
A substantial number of people believe the same as I do: that we are stewards of these lands. Permanent protection for the Owyhee Canyonlands would safeguard this magical place from new damaging industrial activities such as mining and oil and gas development. We’re ready to do what it takes so that future generations inherit one of the last large, unspoiled landscapes left in the lower 48, Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands. A place this special and important can’t wait.