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Conservation groups want to open discussions on canyonlands

A coalition of environmental groups wants to begin formal meetings with a local land advocacy federation about the future of the Owyhee Canyonlands. (The Enterprise/file).

VALE – An alliance of environmental groups wants to begin talks with a local range advocacy organization about future of the Owyhee Canyonlands and federal land policies.

In a Sept. 4 letter, the Owyhee Coalition called for a series of meetings with the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition.

The Owyhee Coalition consists of seven conservation organizations that had sought to establish a federal monument of the Canyonlands, pressing that as the best way to preserve the resources.

The stewardship group, made up 300 paying members and claiming another 11,000 supporters, organized to oppose the monument designation in favor of more local control. They successfully blocked the federal designation in 2017.

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