Brothers-North Wagontire, COA 184

Sagebrush steppe habitat in the Northern Basin and Range ecoregion. Photo Credit: Keith Kohl, ODFW

The northern extent of this COA includes the Bear Creek Buttes and Rodman Rim area in the Ochoco Mountain foothills. South of US Highway 20, the COA encompasses Pine Mountain and a large area of sagebrush steppe dotted by numerous buttes north of Christmas Valley. Heading east it covers Elk Mountain and Rams Butte before moving north again and crossing US Highway 20 near Hampton. Finally, the COA wraps around Misery Flats, the South Fork Crooked River, and into the eastern edge of Hampton Buttes.

COA ID: 184

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

Special Features


  • Sage Grouse Core Habitat Areas
  • The COA contains a large percentage of the ecoregion's playas, or ephemeral wetlands, which provides important habitat for wildlife including Sage Grouse and migrating waterbirds.
  • This area includes Big Sage habitat and Pygmy Rabbits

Previously Associated With

  • 2006 COA ID BM-06 (South Fork Crooked River area)
  • 2006 COA ID NBR-01 (Squaw Ridge area playas and sagebrush)

Protected Areas

  • Benjamin - Natural Research Area
  • South Fork Wilderness Study Area
  • Squaw Ridge Lava Bed Wilderness Study Area
  • Hampton Butte Wilderness Study Area
  • Lavacicle Cave Area
  • Lost Forest
  • Lost Forest Instant Study Area
  • Lost Forest-Sand Dunes-Fossil Lake
  • Prineville District
  • Sand Dunes Wilderness Study Area


Strategy Habitats

    Specialized Local Habitats

    • Perennial Bunchgrasses
    • Rock Outcrops
    • Western Juniper Woodland and Savanna with mature trees

    Strategy Species