As lovers of open spaces and wild places, the pack at Ruffwear is a strong supporter of efforts to preserve and protect wild, undeveloped areas. We and our dogs cherish our ability to escape the daily grind and revel in untrampled wilderness, free from cars, computers, and the confines of a fenced yard.

photoYesterday we had the opportunity to host a stakeholders meeting at Ruffwear’s Headquarters for Oregon Congressman, Earl Blumenauer and Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA).  The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum for lovers of the Owyhee Canyonlands to share why this remote, wild area deserves permanent protection.

Located in the remote Southeastern part of Oregon, the Owyhee Canyonlands encompasses over two million acres of deep, red rock canyons, rolling plains, and wild rivers. This scenic area is home to prime wildlife habitat that supports diverse species such as golden eagles, Redband trout, pronghorn antelope, the Greater sage-grouse, and the largest herd of California bighorn sheep in the nation. The remoteness of the Owyhee Canyonlands has led scientists to predict it will become one of the only places in the lower 48 states to view the night sky and the Milky Way due to worsening light pollution. Currently, this area does not enjoy permanent protection from outside development and needs our support to ensure future generations can enjoy this pristine place for years to come.

Listening Session meeting attendees shared their many experiences in the Owyhee Canyonlands, rafting the rivers, hiking through the canyons, star-gazing and recharging in one of the country’s remotest areas. All of these shared experiences were heard by Congressman Blumenauer to help bolster his efforts in working to permanently protect this special place.

We are grateful to Congressman Blumenauer for taking the time to listen to supporters of the Owyhee Canyonlands. And a big thank you to ONDA for giving Ruffwear the chance to support this important initiative. Through Conservation Alliance membership, Ruffwear has been a long-time supporter of the work that ONDA does to protect Oregon’s high desert.

Are you a fan of the Owyhee Canyonlands? Or do you want to learn more? Make plans to visit this area to experience first-hand the value in protecting it. Join the movement!  http://wildowyhee.org/

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