Livestock Removal Success: Owyhee River

Name: Owyhee River
State(s): Oregon
County(ies): Malheur
Watershed(s): Owyhee River
Ecosystem Type: Sagebrush Sea
Species Benefited: Redband trout, sage grouse
Federal Unit(s): Vale District BLM
Acreage: 186 miles of river and tributaries; 60,000 acres
Method(s): Litigation
Law(s) Invoked: Wild and Scenic River Act
Term of Removal: Since November 1999. Future grazing contingent on court-ordered environmental impact statement (EIS) due in 2006.
Prime Mover(s): Oregon Natural Desert Association, Committee for Idaho's High Desert, Western Watersheds Project
Summary Explanation:

Designated by Congress as a Wild and Scenic River in 1984, with additional segments in 1988. Among the premier white-water rivers in the West, the judge found livestock grazing incompatible with its outstanding recreation values. Banned grazing from most of river pending outcome of court-ordered EIS.