Add Your Voice

Devin Dahlgren   Website

The Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act (S.2828) provides Malheur County with vital economic development opportunities that support local economies and communities while safeguarding the Owyhee Canyonlands and surrounding public lands for recreation and wildlife habitat for current and future generations.

Right now, desert conservations can urge Oregon’s elected officials to ensure a healthier future for Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands and public lands in Malheur County by refining and passing this visionary, pragmatic and timely legislation.

If you haven’t yet urged your elected officials to work together to protect Oregon’s Owyhee, now is the time to add your voice!

1. You can tweet.

Love it or hate it, tweeting is a great way to get the attention of elected officials. Ready, set, tweet!


Tim Neville, journalist

Tim Neville, journalist

“Oregon’s Owyhee reminds me a lot of Southern Utah’s red rock country… only dipped in fudge.”


Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

“If you spend enough time in the wild, it will change you. So it was for me in Oregon’s high desert, especially in the Owyhee Canyonlands.” To support ONDA, Bonnie says, is to strive to protect the very values of Oregon’s high desert that are critical to the human experience: quiet and connectedness with nature. “Oregon’s desert,” she says, “broadens your understanding of your relationship to all living things.”


Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

2. You can email.

We promise: your email will be counted. And, the more emails our elected official see urging action on the Owyhee, the better.

We’ve made it easy for you to voice your support for Owyhee Canyonlands protection. We bet you can personalize and send this email in less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee. 

Email Senator Wyden

3. You can write a letter to the editor.

Letters calling for movement on this legislation are pouring in from across the state, from a local city council membersmall business ownerssportsmen and womencommunity leadersexplorers and conservationists.

Have you read about the Owyhee in your local paper yet? 

Check out our advice on writing a Letter to the Editor, which we just so happened to put next to links to every major paper in Oregon. Don’t live in Oregon? You’ll find select national papers there, too! Most word counts are 250 words max, so it could take you less time than you think to take a stand for protected public lands. 

If you’re willing to write a letter please let us know! Email and I can provide you with a sample letter that you can use as a starting point and customize with your own story. 

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Whether you choose to tweet, email, or write a letter to the editor, thank you for adding your voice today to ensure a healthy, vibrant Owyhee tomorrow.