Owyhee Canyonlands

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Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

Chad Brown on Fly Fishing

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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.”

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Julie Weikel on Wilderness

Julie Weikel on Wilderness

An Oregon treasure

Located in the far southeast corner of the state, Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands is one of the most wild places in the entire country. Here, natural conditions prevail and much of the area looks today as it has for generations, if not millennia.

In the Owyhee, the opportunity to unplug and recharge is unparalleled. A long cherished destination for rafting, hunting, and fishing and a well-known wildlife mecca, the Owyhee Canyonlands deserve the strongest possible conservation protections.

A stunning Owyhee sunset

Tyson Fisher   Website

A wonderous landscape in any season

Tyson Fisher   Website

Unique geology near Leslie Gulch

Greg Burke   Website

Lupine blooms near Three Fingers

Mark Lisk   Website

Native significance

Home to a living cultural richness for the indigenous Northern Paiute, Bannock and Shoshone tribes, these ancestral lands contain areas considered sacred.

There are more than 500 known archaeological sites in the Owyhee, and the landscapes, rivers, fish, and wildlife here support tribal traditions and practices to this day.

Starry skies above

Unbelievable stargazing is a hallmark of the Owyhee Canyonlands. In the coming decade, scientists say it may become one of the last places to view the stars of the night sky and the Milky Way in the lower 48 without light pollution.

Our favorite places in the Owyhee Canyonlands

Our work to protect the Owyhee

Oregon Natural Desert Association leads a group of local, regional and national groups that recognize the conservation, recreation and economic values of the area. ONDA’s goal is to protect more than two million acres of public land in Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands. With strong protections in place, ONDA envisions an Owyhee where plant and animal communities flourish, wide-open spaces abound, and local communities thrive. Protecting the most special places within the Owyhee Canyonlands would safeguard its rich ancient history, healthy wildlife habitat, fascinating geology, and ample recreational opportunities.

Owyhee Canyonlands

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How to Talk to Your Friends about Public Lands

For most outdoor recreationists, talking about being out in nature comes, well, naturally. We share photos from our trips. We rave about the views we enjoyed and the wildlife we encountered. We invite our friends to join us on our next adventure. But, when it comes to talking about the policies that govern the public...

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Owyhee Beckoning

Julie Weikel grew up in ‘ION’ country, the area where Idaho, Oregon and Nevada’s borders meet. She worked for over four decades in the area as a large animal vet, building an intimate, deep knowledge of the Owyhee’s people, history, land, water and wildlife. She’s traveled extensively throughout the Owyhee Canyonlands and explored many...

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Kirk Richardson: Alice Elshoff Award winner

For more than a decade, Kirk Richardson has been a strong voice for protecting Oregon’s high desert. He’s served on the Oregon Natural Desert Association Board of Directors, helped dream up the Live Monumental effort to protect areas like the Owyhee through his position at KEEN Footwear, and now is the recipient of the...

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Climate change in the sagebrush sea

Dr. Megan Creutzburg is a researcher at Oregon State University’s Institute for Natural Resources, where she provides technical coordination for the Oregon Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon). With climate marches happening across the nation on Saturday, ONDA’s Corinne Handelman sat down with Megan for an interview about her research on sagebrush landscapes and climate change...

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Celebrating 30 years of high desert conservation

For three decades, ONDA has been a strong, consistent voice for Oregon’s high desert. It all began in 1987 with extraordinary people concerned about an extraordinary place, and today has blossomed into the only organization that works exclusively on behalf of eastern Oregon’s high desert public lands and waterways. It’s been more than three...

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Oregon breweries call for protection of Owyhee Canyonlands

Over two dozen Oregon craft beer brewers from around the state have joined together to call for the permanent protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands. Ross Putnam, cofounder of Base Camp Brewing Company, shares why his brewery got involved and why it’s important to protect the Owyhee, now. In the fall of 2015, we packed...

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