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Interior Sec. Oregon visit on Monument debate

August 16, 2017

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke “Glad to be Back in Oregon” for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Review
By Oregon Cattlemen Association

Southern Ore., – Announcing on twitter that he was “Glad to be back in Oregon! Here for a monument review…” the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association applauds Secretary Zinke for touring with OCA President John O’Keeffe and for hearing both sides of the issues of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

On April 26th, President Trump signed an Executive Order for the review of monument designations made under the Antiquities Act by previous Presidents. As many Oregon ranchers hoped, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, as designated by President Trump, made a trip to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on July 15th, 2017, where he conducted a thorough and precise preview.

“Secretary Zinke’s trip to the Cascade-Siskiyou monument area is encouraging for all-natural resource industries,” said Jerome Rosa, OCA Executive Director. “The gross misuse of the Antiquities Act by prior administration will hopefully be overturned.”

Secretary Zinke met with members of Oregon’s Bureau of Land Management where he hiked through the monument, hearing all sides for his report. Meeting with various other industries such as the snowmobile industry, the timber industry and the ranching industry, it is reassuring that his attention to detail is precise to find the true impacts that a monument of this size can cause to the economy of our state.

OCA President John O’Keeffe spent the afternoon with Secretary Zinke and a few select others which included Lee Bradshaw, a rancher within the allotment, and Representative Greg Walden. O’Keeffe commended Secretary Zinke for the quality questions that he asked and his genuine concerns for all parties involved.

“He seems to be really interested and generally concerned with the issues that the monument raises,” said John O’Keeffe.

Overall, the monument review seemed to go well but there was no indication as to a timeline for what comes next or what Secretary Zinke’s final verdict will be. For now, the cattle ranchers will continue to wait. However, we are hopeful that, after researching and hearing about the negative impacts the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument has had on outdoor enthusiasts, ranchers, and timber industries alike, that the right decision will be made.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.
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2ndLaw August 16, 2017

Fixed – “The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1913 and works to RESIST environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.”

T.W. Scott August 16, 2017

The 2015 National Fire – on the north edge of Crater Nat. Park – that was stopped at Hiway 230 is
the best example of the need for roads, both for access, and for escape routes when needed.
And they are prebuilt fire lines! Roadless areas, wilderness and monuments are one reason the fire budgets are way out of control. MIST rules in these areas only make it more dangerous and difficult.

William E Simpson August 25, 2017

Forests are already mismanaged recklessly. Expanding those mismanaged areas only exacerbates the existing problems, which now includes the risk of megafire due to a complete lack of pre-fire management in the Monument. In 2015, forest ‘managers’ on the west coast allowed 10.1-million acres of forests to burn to the dirt! The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) should have never been expanded, and frankly, should be considered for further size reductions, since BLM seems unable to field a logical pre-fire management strategy and has recently testified before the Jackson County Commissioners they don’t have the funds to maintain existing public access into the pre-expansion area of approx. 58,000 acres.

http://healthyforests.org/2017/08/william-simpson-the-deforestation-of-america

William E Simpson
Wildhorse Ranch
Siskiyou, County, CA (on the fence with CSNM)

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