Harney-Malheur Area, COA 187

Harney Lake/Malheur Lake area
Photo Credit: Martyne Reesman, ODFW

This COA encompasses both Harney and Malheur Lakes at the north end and then heads south along the Donner and Blitzen River and Blitzen Valley. An eastern finger of the COA continues out of the valley as far as the town of Diamond and the southern finger ends near French Glen.

COA ID: 187

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

Special Features


  • Area encompasses the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
  • Includes some of the most important wetland habitats in the western states
  • The COA has a high diversity of breeding waterbirds, including the largest population of nesting sandhill cranes in Oregon

Previously Associated With

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

Protected Areas

  • Diamond Craters Outstanding Natural Area
  • Frenchglen Corral
  • Harney Lake
  • Kiger Mustang
  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
  • Steens Mountain Cooperative Management And Protection Area
  • Wetlands Reserve Program


Strategy Habitats

Specialized Local Habitats

  • Alkali Grasslands
  • Aquatic Vegetation Beds
  • Springs

Strategy Species