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

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.