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Yes Monument! Support for Monument Expansion in the News

A curated list of articles about the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion.

The Cascade–Siskiyou National Monument is a national monument that protects 86,774 acres (35,116 ha) of forest and grasslands at the junction of the Cascade Range and the Siskiyou Mountains in southwestern Oregon, United States. The Cascade–Siskiyou National Monument is the first U.S. National monument set aside solely for the preservation of biodiversity. It has one of the most diverse ecosystems found in the Cascade Range. 200 species of birds are known to exist in the monument including some threatened and endangered species such as the great grey owl and peregrine falcon. Amphibians found in the National Monument include the rough-skinned newt.

Cascade–Siskiyou National Monument is noted for its significant botanical diversity. The range of elevations and diversity of habitat types provides for a spectacular flora that includes many endemics to the immediate Siskiyou crest area, such as Green's mariposa lily (Calochortus greenei). The federally endangered Gentner's fritillary (Fritillaria gentneri) is known to occur in the monument.

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument may expand

Oregon’s Democratic U.S. senators have proposed a near-doubling of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument as a way to better protect the biodiversity and habitats in the face of climate change.

Monument expansion would protect valuable ecosystems

I’ve had a few near-death experiences in my life. One was near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Let’s just say I was “Extreme Horseback Riding” with a friend. I might not have been paying as close attention as I should have because the horse decided to quickly gallop up a steep hill right under a massive oak tree. It was the massive branch on the massive tree that got me. What happened next wasn’t pretty. Perhaps my boots were too big for the

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument might double in size

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are pushing for a big expansion to the southern Oregon monument.

Public Weighs In On Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Expansion

Sensitive flora and fauna in southern Oregon and northern California could get additional protections under a proposal to expand the Cascade Siskiyou

Group pushes to expand Southern Oregon monument lands

ASHLAND — A group of scientists, local leaders and Oregon's two U.S. senators are calling for an expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, saying the borders drawn during its creation 16 years ago fail to protect its unique biological diversity — particularly in the face of climate change.The current borders around the monument don't take into account full watersheds, fail to protect the headwaters of Jenny Creek and other streams and don't include high-

Discussion Continues Over Cascade-Siskiyou Expansion

Over 300 people filled the Rogue River Room in the Stevenson Union Friday Oct. 14  to voice their opinions on the proposed expansion to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The expansion was proposed by Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden in order to better preserve the biodiversity and ecosystems in the area. | Proposed Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion Creates Debate

People are talking about a proposed expansion of a national monument here in Southern Oregon that would almost double its size. Right now the monum

Opponents Debate Monument Expansion

There's some disagreement about the actual numbers, but the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is up for expansion. By some counts, it would double in

Expand the monument

Obama should add protection to Cascade-Siskiyou

Obama should honor on-the-ground solutions in Oregon's wildest places: Editorial

Two separate fights to protect two extraordinary patches of Oregon have in recent months escalated as President Barack Obama's term comes to a close. That's because he could, by the authority Congress granted to him in a far less populous time, singularly issue sweeping protections to the Owyhee Canyonlands in southeastern Oregon and the Cascade-Siskiyou Mountains in southwestern Oregon and northern California.

Monument deserves expansion

For more than 15 years, our community has benefited from our bountiful Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. It has enhanced our quality of life with its great hiking, hunting, fishing, camping and more. The national monument has proven to be a benefit to our local economy by attracting visitors near and far who spend their hard-earned money here.

New administration to bring new view of federal lands?

Breathtaking vistas honey-combed with slotted canyons and boulder-strewn rivers and streams occupy much of Oregon and the western states, along with huge stands of forest and snow-topped mountains. It’s a

This one looks easy

Oregon monument not as controversial as others

Monument Fans Prepare To Defend Expansion

The use of the term "monument" in Southern Oregon seldom refers to a stone obelisk. It often means the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument , recently

A misguided attack on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (Opinion)

By Michael C. Blumm President Obama's expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was a long time coming. In 2000, President Clinton designated the monument as the first and only national monument whose purpose was to protect an area of outstanding biological diversity. Because of its location at the crossroads of three ecoregions--the Cascades, Klamath-Siskiyou, and Great Basin--the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument is home to a unique mix of species. The area serves as a biological "land bridge," providing a gateway through and between these three ecologically distinct regions. In 2011, an interdisciplinary scientific group concluded that population pressures, adjacent land uses, and climate trends made the current boundaries inadequate to safeguard the biodiversity the monument aimed to protect. This review culminated in a letter signed by 85 scientists calling for the monument's expansion. After more discussion, debate, introduction of Senate legislation protecting the area, more research, and public meetings, the Obama Administration finally expanded the monument's boundaries, although not to the extent recommended by scientists. The expansion was welcomed by many in the local community and beyond. The mayors, city councils, and chambers of commerce in the two cities closest to the monument unanimously supported the expansion. So did the state...

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Oppose revoking of monument

President Trump recently signed an executive order requiring a review of all monuments — under the Antiquities Act — that were designated after 1996 with more than 100,000 acres of land. President Teddy Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act in 1906 to safeguard and preserve federal lands that have cultural, scientific and historical objects of interest. No president has ever revoked a national monument — and for good reason: Such an attack on our nation’s public lands and heritage is deeply unpopular and likely illegal.

Senators defend Oregon monument put under review

Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pushed back Monday on new threats from the Trump Administration that could jeopardize Oregon’s newly expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

Resist Trump's efforts to rollback California's monuments

This spring, many thousands of people visited the Carrizo Plain National Monument and other public lands throughout California to experience a magnificent "super bloom" of purple, yellow, orange and blue wildflowers.

Three artists will portray national monument in their own way

ASHLAND — Darlene Southworth strolls quietly down the Pacific Crest Trail and into the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area, her eyes drawn to the popping wildflowers just as much as the transformer towers.To this 75-year-old watercolorist, the towers are not out of place here in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Forest. Just part of the place."I think they look like petroglyphs, almost like guardians of the land," Southworth says. "I shall paint them."When she does, Southworth will present

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