timberland fashion boots Changes coming to national monument on Oregon
Department of the Interior wants to revise the boundaries of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, which straddles the border of California and Oregon, but the agency final report to the president does not recommend reducing the area by a specific acreage.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke final report on 27 national monuments recommends modifying the boundaries for four of the areas, including Cascade Siskiyou. Department of Justice is reviewing whether the 48,000 acre addition to the monument was done legally.
have not set down specifically what an adjusted boundary would look like, Zinke said.
Zinke announcement came a day after President Trump announced he will shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by about 85 percent to 315 square miles, divided into two separate areas.
The president also plans to downsize the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument by nearly half, to 1,569 square miles, divided into three areas.
Environmental groups saw the department report as opening the door to reducing the size of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument and allowing mining, grazing and timber harvesting in the area.
The future of the Cascade Siskiyou has been up in the air since President Trump in April ordered a review of 27 monuments designated since 1996, covering at least 100,000 acres and made without adequate public consultation. addition to recommending revised boundaries, the report recommends addressing impacts on private lands and timber lands known as O lands.
The monument management plan should also be revised to protect objects, public access, tribal cultural use and hunting and fishing rights, the report says
While recommending changes, the report says there are features to protect in the monument.
DOI (Department of the Interior) should work with Congress to secure funding for adequate infrastructure and management needs to protect objects effectively, the report says.
The monument has been controversial since its designation in 2000. Conservationists say its unique ecology deserves protection while timber groups and others say the area doesn warrant protection and is an example of presidential overreach.
Cascade Siskiyou was created in Southern Oregon east of Ashland in June 2000 when President Clinton set aside 52,000 acres. President Obama added another 48,000 acres to the area including about 5,000 in California in January of this year. Rep. Doug LaMalfa,
whose district includes the California part of the monument, said he opposed the monument because it private land and didn meet the requirements of the federal law.
not supposed to be habitat conservation. It supposed to be about unique areas, whether it old Indian artifacts and sacred sites or other historic zones; very unique areas, LaMalfa said.
He also noted there are 52,485 acres of private land included in the monument boundaries.
a violation of the very cornerstone of the founding of this country, LaMalfa said.
Travis Joseph, president of the American Forest Resource Council, said the monument expansion violated federal law because it includes land designated by Congress as sustained yield timber lands.
administration reconsideration of the illegal Cascade Siskiyou Monument expansion is a positive step, Joseph said referring to the O lands.
But Ben Greuel, regional director for the Wilderness Society, disputed whether the O lands were prohibited from being included in the monument.
The area location at the intersection of the Siskiyou Mountains and the Cascade Range warrants its continued protection as a monument, he said.
got ecological significance that is world class, Greuel said.
Supporters have also noted the Siskiyou Mountains contain rocks that date back 425 million years and are some of the oldest in the state. The area is also home to more than 275 species of flowering plants, according to the Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center.
Dave Willis of the Soda Mountains Wilderness Council said on Facebook that monuments like Cascade Siskiyou were under attack by the Trump administration.
president has ever attacked public lands like this president. This administration public lands policy is to cut, drill, dig, stomp, chomp, road, and erode more than ever and then pretend you a Teddy Roosevelt who the land, he said.