Steens Mountain, COA 192

Photo Credit: Rodney Klus, ODFW

This COA includes much of Steens Mountain’s southwestern flank before moving north and skirting along the edge of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and then east into the northern Steens Mountain uplands and High Lava Plains.

COA ID: 192

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

Special Features


  • Most of this area receives some degree of protection under the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act
  • The unique habitats in this area is widely recognized as having significant biological value for plants and animals, resulting in many rare and endemic species.
  • This area has an exceptional diversity of high-quality habitats with high value for a wide variety of wildlife

Previously Associated With

  • 2006 COA ID NBR-08 (Harney-Malheur area)
  • 2006 COA ID NBR-09 (Steens Mountain High Lava Plains)
  • 2006 COA ID NBR-09 (Steens Mountain Uplands)

Protected Areas

  • Blitzen River Wilderness Study Area
  • Bridge Creek Wilderness Study Area
  • Donner Und Blitzen-Ankle Creek
  • Donner Und Blitzen-Fish Creek
  • Donner Und Blitzen-Main Stem
  • Donner Und Blitzen-Mud Creek
  • Donner Und Blitzen-South Fork
  • Fir Groves
  • Frenchglen Corral
  • Frenchglen Hotel State Heritage Site
  • High Steens Wilderness Study Area
  • Home Creek Wilderness Study Area
  • Kiger Creek
  • Kiger Mustang
  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
  • South Fork Donner Und Blitzen Wilderness Study Area


Strategy Habitats

Specialized Local Habitats

  • Canyon Shrublands
  • Cliffs and Rim Rock
  • Mountain Mahogany Shrubland
  • Springs
  • Unique Grassland Habitats

Strategy Species