#23: CASCADE-SISKIYOU NATIONAL MONUMENT MANAGEMENT PLAN RELEASE
|On June 9, 2000 almost
53,000 acres of southwestern Oregon Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
public land became the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by
presidential proclamation. The new monument is located in the
Soda Mountain area southwest of Ashland, Oregon.
|The BLM had taken decades
of public input on plan after plan on how best to manage this area of
exceptional biodiversity. Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce
Babbitt held three local public meetings before recommending monument
status for the area.
|The Bush Administration is
in the process of trying to shrink our new national monuments.
Its strategy is to select local input that it likes -- input from
industrial logging, public lands, grazing, off-road vehicle users,
mining and anti-public land interests -- to justify local hearings,
followed by "re-designation" of our new monuments.
|On May 17, 2001, the
Department of Interior delayed indefinitely the public release of the
read-to-print draft management plan for the Cascade-Siskiyou National
Monument prepared by the Medford District of the BLM.
|The Federation of Western
Outdoor Clubs opposes the Bush Administration's policy to reduce the
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and any changes to the proclamation
language. The Federation supports the immediate release of the
Medford Office BLM's Draft Management Plan.
|Please contact: Senator
Gordon Smith of Oregon, and your own state's U.S. Senators, www.senate.gov
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