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LETTER: New Interior secretary offers hope for protection of lands like Owyhee Canyonlands

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To the editor:

Following an unprecedented (tumultuous?) four years for public lands, the confirmation of Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior is a breath of fresh air. There is a lot to do.

Across the West, the previous administration withdrew important conservation measures for some of our most intact, wild public lands. In Oregon, the BLM released the Draft Southeastern Oregon Resource Management Plan Amendment – a plan that covers 4.6 million acres of public land, including the Owyhee Canyonlands – providing zero protections for more than 1.2 million acres of BLM-identified Lands with Wilderness Characteristics (LWCs).

As a former member of the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council . . .