Business Owner, Advocate
We’ve lived all over Oregon, but the tremendous, wild public lands of eastern Oregon convinced us to settle down in Wallowa County three years ago. Now, we also consider public lands a cornerstone of our business. Visitors choose our rural bed and breakfast for its amazing mountain views, quick access to public lands for recreation and abundant wildlife. We even keep binoculars on hand in our breakfast area so guests can watch the coyotes, deer, raptors and other animals out the window.
Knowing firsthand how protected public lands support a decent living both for us and for many of our neighbors is one of the main reasons I am in favor of protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands. To do so would help rural economies, spurring the creation of new sustainable businesses while boosting established ones.
I also feel it’s critical that we act soon to protect what we all cherish about rural Oregon – space, solitude and freedom. The Owyhee Canyonlands is vast and intact, and by protecting it we maintain a wild character that once gone can never be replaced.