Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven
Dramatic basalt cliffs and rolling hills of juniper, sagebrush, and bluebunch wheatgrass make up the area known as the Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven Proposed Wilderness.The Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven Proposed Wilderness areas are a stronghold for biological diversity, containing key habitat for mid-Columbia summer steelhead, pygmy rabbit, Ferruginous Hawk, and important wintering habitat for deer, elk, and antelope. In total, the Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven Proposed Wilderness area is home to 36 sensitive plant, fish and animal species including spring Chinook salmon, pacific lamprey, Mountain Quail, Yellow-breasted Chat and arrow-leaf thelypody.
ONDA and adjacent landowners are working together to consolidate and permanently protect 8,500 acres at Cathedral Rock, along the John Day River, and 9,200 acres at Horse Heaven, near Ashwood, Oregon. This proposal will double opportunities to access public lands and will bring four new miles of Wild and Scenic River into public ownership. This proposal will protect stunning views, critical habitat for steelhead, refuge for deer and elk, and provide new opportunities for recreation.