Owyhee Conservation Groups

Leslie Gulch with Friends

Friends of the Owyhee

Friends of the Owyhee (aka FOTO) is a grassroots organization, located in Ontario, Oregon, that supports protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands by organizing trips & informing the public. They have recently organized as a non-profit with a mission statement that reads “Friends of the Owyhee exist to build community around conservation advocacy, stewardship and recreation.”

The Owyhee region is vast and isolated, so if the area is new to you, or you are not comfortable going into the Owyhee on your own, or you just want to learn more about this unique region, you won’t find a better group of people to tag along with. You can check out the kinds of things they do and the organized trips they make by clicking on their Facebook Page.

Additional contact Info: Tim Davis (541) 212-1907.

You may also email the Friends at: owyheefriends@gmail.com to ask questions. Better yet, become a member, make a donation, or consider participating in some of their stewardship projects!

Burrowing Owl in the Owyhee Uplands
Burrowing Owl In the Owyhee Uplands

Wild Owyhee

The Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign is a statewide effort to permanently protect more than 2 million acres in Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands. The Owyhee Coalition consists of local, regional and national groups that recognize the conservation, recreation and economic values of the area and support the Owyhee Canyonlands Campaign. They provide a strong, coordinated voice calling for permanent protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands. Owyhee Coalition members include: American Rivers, American Whitewater, Mazamas, Oregon Natural Desert Association, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Sierra Club and the Wilderness Society. Their website, www.wildowyhee.org, focuses on the Oregon portion of the Owyhee. It provides a good overview of activities one can enjoy in the region. In addition to suggestions about places to visit and travel preparations into the remote Oregon outback.

You might also want to check out the sections that explain what it is that makes the Owyhee such a special place. The Owyhee is public land. It belongs to you. The Conservation Proposal for the Owyhee in Oregon would ensure that it stays much the same as it is now.

The Guiding Principles of the proposal are summarized in an easy to read two-page document. Take a minute or two to inform yourself. Then contact your representatives, and share your thoughts, or sign the petition! 

Additional contact Info: E-mail  info@wildowyhee.org

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