In today’s Oregonian (Wednesday. November 24), there is an opinion editorial by Bruce Babbitt (former Secretary of the Interior during the Clinton administration) about protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands in the high desert of far Southeast Oregon. Please take a minute today to write a letter to the editor expressing your support for protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands!
The Owyhee Canyonlands is perhaps the largest unroaded landscape in the lower 48, very remote and wild. The eco-region needing permanent protection covers over 2 million acres in Oregon. Wilderness study areas were identified by the federal Bureau of Land Management well over 20 years ago and still await congressional action. It is a spectacular landscape and one of Oregon’s most special places.
You are likely reading this because you care about protecting Oregon’s wild lands. Please take a moment to write a letter to the editor of the Oregonian in response to Secretary Babbitt’s opinion editorial, supporting protecting the Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands. The Oregonian limits letters to the editor to no more than 150 words. Your letter could reflect personal experience, the desire for Oregon’s wild places to stay wild, concern over global warming and why protecting large resilient roadless wildlands is important, or perhaps just your hope for a place where herds of antelope and other wildlife can roam. Your letter could advocate for a legislative route to wilderness designation, an administrative designation as a National Monument, or both! The trick is that for your LTE to be timely, so the sooner the better.
Click here for the Oregonian’s ‘letters to the editor’ policy – be sure to include your full name, address, and daytime phone number for verification at the end of your letter, and keep the length to within 150 words.
You can also post comments at the end of Secretary Babbitt’s op-ed, but be sure to send in a letter to the editor first!
Please give thanks for Oregon’s wildlands TODAY,
Chair, High Desert Committee
Oregon Chapter Sierra Club