Having lived and travelled extensively throughout Eastern Oregon for over 35 years, I was delighted to learn of the interest in protecting the Owyhees. I often have marveled over the Owyhees while hiking the canyons and viewing the unique geological features.
This is an opportunity to diversify the Eastern Oregon economy while sharing the natural beauty of the region. My wife and I have visited protected areas across the nation that are far less impressive than the Owyhees, yet draw large numbers of visitors from all over the world. Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Great Basin National Park in Nevada give testimony to the compatibility of grazing and hunting while providing some protections to a national treasure.
I believe future generations will never fault us for providing a degree of protection to the Owyhees. I also believe protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands will not only be a good thing for Eastern Oregon but also remarkable all Americans.