GOAL: A working landscape

Balancing the needs of the Owyhee Canyonlands ecosystem in a "working landscape" is a goal of the Stewardship Coalition, as it continues to craft plans for the canyonlands.(BLM photo)

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – The Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition isn’t going away.

That was one of the conclusions reached at a Feb. 14 coalition meeting.

“The consensus of the group of members that attended was the organization needed to stay in place,” said Andy Bentz, secretary of the coalition.

Bentz said about 70 members attended.

The local civic group formed to fight a federal monument designation of the Owyhee Canyonlands. It now wants a new plan for managing public land in Malheur County.

Several directors of the coalition said they believe the group is in a good position after President . . .