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Horse Heaven and Cathedral Rock

The Horse Heaven and Cathedral Rock 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. Once designated as wilderness a consolidation of public and private land will result in new opportunities for the public to hunt, fish, hike, and explore.

Rolling hills of juniper, sagebrush, and bunchgrass, deep canyons, and remnant old growth pine forests define the character of the remarkable Horse Heaven and Cathedral Rock proposed wilderness areas.

Meiers Butte
A hiker ascends Meiers Butte in the proposed Horse Heaven Wilderness. Photo by Tyler Roemer.
These areas are strongholds for biological diversity, containing key habitat for mid-Columbia summer steelhead, pygmy rabbit, Ferruginous Hawk, and important wintering habitat for deer, elk, and antelope. Horse Heaven and Cathedral Rock are 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 these important areas which encompass 17,000 acres located near Ashwood, Oregon. The wilderness proposal will improve access to public lands, via river and road, add 4 miles of Wild and Scenic River frontage to public ownership, and create new opportunities for the public to hunt, fish, hike, camp and explore.

 

 

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