Our Commitment To Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, And Land Acknowledgement

Here at Friends of the Owyhee, we wholeheartedly believe that everyone is allowed to participate responsibly in what the Owyhee has to offer. We’re working to eliminate barriers that hinder access to the Owyhee as well as honor the different ways people engage with this incredible landscape.


The youth of our organization is a unique opportunity: it acts as a blank canvas, waiting for us to paint a picture of the type of organization we want to see. We are determined to create our Owyhee community from a place of justice, equity, and inclusion. In diversity, there is strength, and that strength allows for progress toward a better future. Public lands belong to all of us—regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, religious affiliation, immigration status, or veteran status. We have plenty of room to grow when it comes to justice, equity, and inclusion, and we are committed to that growth.

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Our work takes place on the land that we know as the Owyhee in what we know as the states of Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada. However, the Shoshone-Bannock people and Numu (Northern Pauite) people know this land as their ancestral home. We recognize and respect the relationship that these peoples and nations had and continue to have with this beautiful land.