Take Action Today to Protect the Owyhee Canyonlands!

Leslie Gulch in the Owyhee Canyonlands

A fascinating article about a backpacking trip down the West Little Owyhee in the upper reaches of the Owyhee Canyonlands just ran in Sunday’s New York Times.

The hike down what is often called “Louse Canyon” is an incredibly difficult bushwack and scramble through some of the most remote country in the lower 48. The Owyhee Canyonlands contain over 2 million acres of undeveloped wildlands, representing one of our largest contiguous unprotected wild landscapes.

You can click here to view the article in the New York Times. The article was reprinted (minus photos) in the Oregonian Sunday travel section as well. While the New York Times article has a link to 8 images of the Owyhee Canyonlands, you can also learn more about the author (as well as a downloadable pdf of the article) by clicking here to view Tim Neville’s website.

The Sierra Club has been advocating for permanent protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands as a National Monument and you can help promote this possibility by writing a Letter to the Editor of the Oregonian expressing your opinion about permanently protection for the Owyhee.

Why write a Letter to the Editor?

To achieve protection of places like the Owyhee Canyonlands we need to help decision makers know that people care about management and protection of our public lands. Writing a letter to the editor is quick, easy, and powerful.  Letters need to be short (there’s a 150 word limit) and they are read and considered by decision-makers across the state and country.  And, even if your letter isn’t actually published, your letter will let the media know that the Owyhee Canyonlands is a place and issue that Oregonians care about and helps set the stage for future advocacy and news opportunities.

Letters submitted early this week have the best chance of being published, so please submit yours as soon as possible!  Click here to write and submit your Letter to the Editor in support of the Owyhee Canyonlands!

If you have more time and energy we would also encourage you to click on these links to send an e-mail to Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden.

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