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Stewardship Efforts & Events

Stewardship is the core belief that humans are responsible for the world and should take care of it. This is one of the three pillars of our mission here at Friends of the Owyhee, alongside conservation advocacy and responsible recreation. We have a soft spot for our stewardship activities—we get to get our hands dirty (often, literally dirty) and put in the physical effort to care for our beautiful Owyhee. This typically takes the form of trash clean-ups, but we are always looking for ways to expand our stewardship opportunities. We’ve even tackled some invasive species removal before! We are incredibly grateful to the selfless volunteers that come out to help us with these activities… we know they aren’t very glamorous at times.

 

Our primary efforts are concentrated on the first Saturday of every month in a series we adeptly call “First Saturdays Stewardship”. Every first Saturday, we are out somewhere with some garbage bags and handy trash grabbers, doing our best to reduce pollution in the beautiful landscape we call home. These clean-ups often take place in our adopted sections of the landscape, but we’re happy to go anywhere that needs a little love.

June 5, 2021 @ Succor Creek State Natural Area

Next Clean-up

2021 Locations

  • January 2: Ontario clean-up

  • February 6: Ontario clean-up

  • March 6: Adopt-A-Highway clean-up

  • April 3: Leslie Gulch clean-up

  • May 1: Adopt-A-Highway clean-up

Our Adopted Sections of the Landscape

US Route 95
Adopted October 2020 via Adopt-A-Highway

Four miles of Highway 95—two in Oregon, two in Idaho—have been officially registered to Friends of the Owyhee via the Adopt-A-Highway programs with both ODOT and IDOT. It’s hard work, but it’s looking a bit cleaner every time we head out there!

Next clean-up: TBA

Succor Creek State Natural Area
Adopted August 2020 via Oregon Adopt-A-Park

This adoption happened just at the right time. Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Succor Creek has needed a little extra love since it’s seen a lot of activity. This is one of our favorite places on the planet, and we are so honored to be the official stewards of this spot.

Next clean-up: June 5th, 2021

Owyhee River
Adopted May 2021 via Oregon Adopt-A-River

The stretch of the Owyhee River from the Owyhee Dam to the Owyhee Oasis property is now ours to love and care for. Our first clean-up for this area was in late April, and our work’s only just begun.

Next clean-up: TBA

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