All of Oregon’s farming and ranching industry depends on an abundance of quality water. During the last century, the ranching industry has played a key role in developing the state’s water resources for the benefit of recreationalists, wildlife, fish and agriculture.
Across much of the arid reaches of Eastern Oregon, streams that once dried up in the summer now run year-round. Valley floors that were once dry desert, now teem with green grass. Ponds and wetlands, once a scarcity across much of the state, now provide waterfowl with habitat. These benefits are due in large part to the private investment and the ongoing commitment of ranchers to protect and improve the state’s natural resources.