Wildlife & wild places

Protect the Owyhee Canyonlands

Sarah Lynch | Used by permission
Three Forks, Owyhee Canyonlands

Dear Senators Wyden & Merkley,

The Owyhee Canyonlands has a diverse set of natural wonders: colorful canyon peaks, racing waters and rare wildlife living undisturbed in their natural habitat. The area also provides endless recreational opportunities, such as hiking up towering rock formations, walking along lava flows, and kayaking, canoeing or rafting on the Owyhee River as rainbow and redband trout swim alongside.

Unfortunately, only 5% of the Owyhee Canyonlands is permanently protected, and the threats of industrial development and climate change are clawing at its edges.

If Congress won’t act, then we’re urging you to support President Biden in establishing an Owyhee Canyonlands National Monument before the end of 2024.

This spectacular place, one of Oregon’s greatest treasures, should be permanently protected to secure its future for generations to come.