ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE OWYHEE
Our Mission & Values
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’s unique ecological, cultural, and recreational resources are protected for future generations to experience and enjoy.
Timothy Davis's roots run deep in Malheur County. Born in Nyssa, Oregon and going to school K-12 in Adrian, Tim has seen the landscape from many perspectives. He first learned from and came to appreciate the Owyhee’s wildness as a child. He then felt a need to protect this region, and did just that as a rangeland firefighter. Now, as father and the Executive Director of Friends of the Owyhee, he is enthusiastic about introducing people from near and far to the beautiful Owyhee he has loved his whole life.
Tim started Friends of the Owyhee during his tenure as a Correctional Officer for the Oregon Department of Corrections at SRCI in Malheur County, and transitioned to the full-time Executive Director in January 2019. Tim also participates in the Southeastern Oregon Recreation Advisory Council (SEORAC) and is a member of the Friends Grassroots Network through Conservation Lands Foundation.
Tim is most at home around a campfire or driving a desert road. In his free time, he enjoys rummaging through local historical archives, exploring historical sites, and any researching anything related to the Owyhee. Tim cares deeply about seeing the Owyhee cared for future generations. As he likes to say, “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.
Sammy 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, which helped forge his deep appreciation of land stewardship and resources. Inspired by conservation of Earth’s resources, he studied geology at University of Oregon where he occasionally instructs summer geology field courses. He is an instructor at Treasure Valley Community College and an exceptionally active citizen of the Four Rivers and Owyhee communities. A permaculturalist at heart, Sammy 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 FOTO’s educational pamphlet series, and volunteer events.
Katalin, an eastern Oregon native, grew up with the Owyhee as her playground. Her love for the natural world and the ocean led her to study marine biology at the University of Oregon, where she also pursued her passion for the Spanish language. She lived and worked in beautiful Chile for several years while she immersed herself in the spunky language and rich culture. During her time as an assistant researcher at the Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas, she worked as a marine science instructor for Chile Es Mar, an educational program for young Chilean students. Teaching children about ocean biodiversity and conservation filled her with so much joy that Katalin knew that was her calling. Now back in her home state of Oregon, working with Friends of the Owyhee is an incredible opportunity to continue her quest in protecting and healing our natural world.
In her spare time, Katalin can be found volunteering at the Ontario Feral Cat Project, rehearsing for her big opera break, or taking a spin on her bike. She feels most at home by the ocean, but any outdoor landscape competes pretty well.
Dozens of volunteers make the work of Friends of the Owyhee possible every month, season, and year. Join us!