A new agreement between the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of the Owyhee, a local conservation group, will help spearhead preservation of the Succor Creek State Natural Area. (Enterprise/John L.Braese)

ADRIAN – A conservation group that at times has been at odds with ranchers over protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands has signed an agreement with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to adopt the Succor Creek State Natural Area.

Friends of the Owyhee, a group founded in 2015 by Adrian native Tim Davis, signed an Adopt-A-Park agreement with the state agency.

The agreement formalizes efforts the group has made “toward the preservation and improvement of the Succor Creek State Natural Area,” according to a press release by the parks department.

Succor Creek is located south of Adrian and is a popular recreation spot for rock hounds, fishing, camping, ATV riding and hiking. The area takes in more than 5,000 acres.

According to the parks department, members of the group have been assisting the state “with invasive weed control and riparian area cleanup in recent years.” The group also has held tours of the area for members and the public.