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Wyden’s Canyonlands negotiations moving forward

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden announced at an April town hall meeting in Ontario that he wanted to work with a coalition of ranchers and conservationists to settle a long-standing dispute over the Owyhee Canyonlands. (Enterprise/File photo.)

VALE — A move spearheaded by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden to create a new plan for the Owyhee Canyonlands and federally-controlled rangeland in the county is moving ahead.

Wyden’s office announced last week that the Oregon senator’s staff is “meeting regularly with people in Malheur County, as he agreed to do earlier this year at their request when he was in Ontario.”

Wyden announced his decision in April to lead an effort toward compromise on the often-contentious land use priorities between area ranchers and residents and environmental groups . . .