In a recent post on the Sierra Club’s national ‘Lay of the Land’ blog, Jill Workman, an Oregon Chapter Sierra Club leader and member of the Sierra Club’s Resilient Habitats Leadership Team, wrote in support of a new National Monument designation to protect Oregon’s rugged and remote Owyhee Canyonlands.
We envision a national monument that will permanently protect the Owyhee Canyonlands from the landscape scale destruction, miles of roads, and air and water pollution that accompany mining activities; give the Bureau of Lands Management tools to better combat off-road vehicle abuse and control noxious weeds; and bring much needed resources to the area while assuring that this remote, desert region maintains its ecological integrity.
A national monument proclamation for the Owyhee Canyonlands would allow the traditional uses of the land–including camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, birding and rafting–to continue. It may also help restore economic prosperity to an economically-challenged area, as has occurred in communities adjacent to Cascade Siskiyou, Vermillion Cliffs, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.
Permanent protection for the Owyhee Canyonlands is one of the Sierra Club’s priorities in Oregon. You can help this effort by getting involved with the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club’s High Desert Committee.