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Doubling the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument?

October 19, 2016 --

By Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

Oregon’s Democratic U.S. Senators have proposed an expansion to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that is overwhelmingly opposed by Oregon’s ranchers that make their full-time living off their ranches.

Designated June 9th, 2000 by President Bill Clinton, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was described as a “home to a spectacular variety of rare and beautiful species of plants and animals” in Proclamation 7318. Through the additional expansion of this monument, not only will southern Oregon cattle ranchers be affected, but so will bird-watching enthusiasts and avid hikers, as the gates will be closed to the rest of the world. The loss of cattle grazing down the native grasses, as a result of no public land grazing permits issued, will result in increased wildfire fodder in an already dry, hot, and wildfire prone area. An unpredictable and well-fueled wildfire in this area could quickly lead to private, non-monument lands.

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