Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Designate the Oregon Owyhee Canyonlands a national monument.
Oregon’s astonishing Owyhee Canyonlands remain the largest unprotected area left in the contiguous United States, and these once remote lands are in grave danger from developmental pressure, urban creep, and human destruction. Encompassing 2.5 million acres of wild landscape in Eastern Oregon and hundreds of miles of scenic rivers, the Owyhee Canyonlands represent the largest missed opportunity for federal protection within the lower 48 states.
The Owyhee Canyonlands are a hub for outdoor and recreational enthusiasts; the whitewater of the Owyhee Rivers lures adventurers from around the globe, and the beautiful and secluded canyons draw both human admirers and thousands of animals, including the nation’s largest herds of bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope and the imperiled greater sage-grouse. Rare songbirds, seven species of bats, and rebound trout are all unique species that make up this ecosystem. Additionally, the canyonlands are home to countless archaeological and historical sites.
This wild and beautiful stretch of land is increasingly at risk of shrinking due to development pressure and irresponsible human use. Already, ATVs and other recreational vehicles savage the pristine landscape due to lack of regulations. The area is now threatened also by the possibility of mining, which would undoubtedly ravage the natural resources and destroy the local landscape and ecosystem. Take action and demand that the Owyhee Canyonlands is dedicated a national monument to ensure the protection of this national treasure.
Dear President Barack Obama,
The Owyhee Canyonlands encompass 2.5 million acres of unprotected land in Eastern Oregon, and it is imperative we now take the steps to preserve these lands before it is too late. Developmental pressure, the threat of mining, and unregulated recreational use all threaten the remote beauty of the Owyhee Canyonlands.
We urge you to use your power under the Antiquities Act to make the Owyhee Canyonlands a national monument, ensuring the preservation of the lands and wildlife. This will not only provide these lands with the necessary federal funding and regulations needed, but would assist the local economy as ranchers will be guaranteed their grazing lands. Properly regulated roads will be available for those who wish to explore the hidden wonders of the canyons and riverlands, keeping the sanctity intact.
It is now time to act to protect this natural wonder. Make the Owyhee Canyonlands a National Monument and we can preserve this land for future generations.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management