Owyhee Canyonlands

The Wilderness Society has worked for eight years to protect the spectacular Owyhee Canyonlands. Now we’re working with local partners to fulfill our conservation commitments.

In 2009, we helped permanently protect the high deserts and life-giving rivers of the Owyhee Canyonlands. We are still working today to develop science-based management plans to ensure the Owyhee Canyonlands remain healthy and thriving.

Why Owyhee Canyonlands

The Owyhee Canyonlands is like no other area in the U.S. and well deserving of strong permanent protection.

We worked for eight years to get permanent protection of the Owyhee and its spectacular canyonlands. Now we’re working to ensure those safeguards stay put.

Work we’re doing

We worked for eight years to get permanent protection of the Owyhee and its spectacular canyonlands. Now we’re working to ensure those safeguards stay put. 

Our Partners

For over a decade, we have worked with groups of ranchers, conservation professionals, agricultural interests, sportsmen, outfitters and guides to care for the Owyhee Canyonlands.   

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society praises Congress for passing the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (H.R. 356 / S. 27). The legislation provides for the exchange of roughly 20,000 acres of Utah’s mineral rights from ecologically and culturally sensitive lands in the Desolation Canyon region of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation for federal mineral rights in another part of the reservation.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The draft House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill released today is a clear improvement from previous years, though it still misses the mark on several key conservation, climate and public lands needs and is laden with numerous policy provisions or “riders” that have no place in the appropriations process.

  • Michael Reinemer

    On Wednesday, The Wilderness Society presented lifetime conservation achievement awards to Representatives George Miller, Jim Moran and Rush Holt, who collectively represent 80 years of support for conservation of some of America’s most stunning landscapes and protection of the country’s clean air and water.  All three members of Congress have announced their plans to retire at the end of the current session.

    Rep. George Miller (California – 11th District)