As you may know, Oregon was in the news recently (at least in USA) because of the drama that played out in Harney County at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. I'm not so much interested in the headline-grabbing stunts of the militias, but I am interested in learning more about the dynamics that go on between farmers and ranchers, government agencies, and big businesses. I don't have a particular ideological agenda to push - I'm just interested in learning more about what's going on.
Southeastern Oregon is about a six-hour drive from where I live in Portland (Multnomah County). It's a different climate, different economy, different culture, different everything. Harney County is the most sparsely populated county in Oregon, with a population of fewer than 7,500 people in 10,000 square miles (26,000 sq km).
The Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County is named for the Malheur River, for which neighboring Malheur County (in the SE corner of the state) is also named.
A large portion of the land in the western half of USA is owned by the Federal Government.
Conservative Treehouse backgrounder on Harney County (2016 Jan 3)
Hoover Institution: Sagebrush Rebels
Scott Richter blog on Federal land use
Gold, Uranium make Malheur County attractive: the Oregonian
Again, I'm coming at this without an ideological axe to grind and I'm neither endorsing nor disputing the viewpoints in these articles. But I do want to become more knowledgeable about the subject.