Owyhee Canyonlands

For years, Congressman Blumenauer has heard from Oregonians in the Third District and across the state in loud support of protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands in southeastern Oregon. This area, a priceless part of Oregon’s natural landscape and heritage, is home to some of the highest concentrations of sage grouse in the West, the nation’s largest herd of California bighorn sheep, and over 200 other species. Known as Oregon’s Grand Canyon, the Owyhee’s vast and magnificent wildlands and rivers provide tremendous opportunities to hike, raft, fish, and explore. 

A strong and active chorus of outdoor recreation interests, conservation groups, and high desert residents has been advocating for protection of the Owyhee for years. The Owyhee Coalition, made up of the Oregon Natural Desert Association, American Rivers, the Sierra Club, American Whitewater, Conservation Lands Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, The Wilderness Society, and Mazamas recently released a conservation proposal to protect this special place. 

In strong support for protection of public lands for all Oregonians, Blumenauer has met with individuals, organizations, and businesses in Bend, Portland, and Washington, D.C. to hear about the proposal. Many stakeholders from Blumenauer’s district – food industry partners, outfitters, outdoor businesses, conservation advocates, recreation interests, food industry partners, and individuals – have voiced loud support for permanently protecting the Owyhee’s unique landscape.


Blumenauer believes that there is vast economic, recreational, and ecological value in the conservation of public lands – for local communities as well as those who choose to travel to take advantage of these special places. He has made conserving the Owyhee a top environmental priority this Congress, and is working closely with Senator Wyden to permanently protect this special place these canyonlands for generations to come. He is working to get the Owyhee a national monument designation.