Mission and Vision

Friends of the Owyhee exists to promote conservation advocacy, stewardship, and recreation in the Owyhee region.

We  work collaboratively with conservation and recreation groups, landowners, ranchers, tribes, sportsman, and government agencies to help ensure the Owyhee unique ecological, cultural and recreational resources are protected for future generations to experience and enjoy.


Tim Davis, Executive Director

Timothy Davis's roots run deep in Malheur County, Born In Nyssa Oregon and going to Adrian School District K-12 Tim has seen the landscape from many perspectives. First as a child who got to appreciate and learn from the Owyhee's wildness. Then as a rangeland firefighter. Now as father and the Executive Director of Friends of the Owyhee. 


For the last 10 years, Tim has been a Correctional Officer for the Oregon Department of Corrections at SRCI in Malheur County. Tim sits on the Southeastern Oregon Recreation Advisory Council (SEORAC) and is a member of the Friends Grassroots Network thru Conservation Lands Foundation.


Tim is most at home around a campfire or driving a desert road. Or rummaging through local historical archives, exploring historical sites, and any research related to the Owyhee. Tim cares deeply about seeing the Owyhee cared for future generations. 


It's not about the moment, it's about the future.

Board of Directors

Friends of the Owyhee is led by an all volunteer, all local Board of Directors.


Programs Director, Sammy Castonguay, M.Sc. Geological Science

Sammy Castonguay has been teaching Earth Systems Science, leading educational field trips, and adventuring outdoors for most of his adult life. Born near the San Bernardino mountains of California, he grew up on a cattle ranch in western South Dakota helping to forge a deep appreciation of land stewardship and resources. Inspired by conservation of the earths resources, he studied geology at University of Oregon where he occasionally instructs summer geology field courses. Besides teaching at Treasure Valley Community College, he is a very active citizen of the Four Rivers and Owyhee Community.  A permaculturalist at heart, he and his family of five tend a rambunctious garden, steward wild places, and have a love of mysticism and storytelling.

Sammy Directs the OwYHEE Program (Outdoors with Youth: Hands-on Earth Education), the creation of our educational pamphlet series, and volunteer events. Contact him directly at sammyc@owyheefriends.org


Dozens of volunteers make the work of Friends of the Owyhee possible every month, season, and year. Join Us!

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