Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement opposing proposals to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument:Meanwhile, Klamath County commissioner Tom Mallams reports on Thursday night's hearing in Medford:
“Any expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument would not only negatively impact private property rights, public access and forest management, but would occur over the objections of local residents.
“That’s why my colleagues and I passed legislation on the House floor to defund monument designations in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties and protect the rights of those who live and work in the area.
“It’s time that this administration listen to those who are actually impacted by these designations, rather than deciding that Washington knows best.”
The Interior Appropriations bill for the 2017 fiscal year, HR 5538, contains language specifically defunding any monument designation in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties (Section 453), both of which have passed resolutions opposing unilateral Presidential designations. The bill was passed by the House on a 231 – 196 vote (Roll no. 477) and is now being considered in the Senate.
LaMalfa also cosponsored HR 3389, the National Monument Designation Transparency Act, with five members of the California delegation to reform the Antiquities Act by requiring Congressional approval before designations become permanent, requiring economic analysis of proposed designations, and limiting the size of designations.
After the one sided public hearing held at SOU in Ashland on Oct 14th, I formally requested an additional Public Hearing from Sen Merkley's office. That was politely declined and only an encouragement to send in written comments was offered.
In response to that, Jackson County Commissioners held a Town Hall public comment meeting at North Medford High on Thursday evening, Oct 27th. The tone of the meeting was extremely different than the Ashland Hearing. I estimated the full house attendance in Medford was around 400. I did not hear a more formal number. We thank the Jackson County Board of Commissioners for their quick response.
The Klamath County Board of Commissioners are also conducting an additional Town Hall public comment meeting, Tuesday evening, November 1st, at 6:00, at the Government Center, located at 305 Main Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. We are encouraging any and all to attend and give vocal and or written comments on the proposed Cascade-Siskiyou Monument expansion.
All the citizens deserve to have the opportunity to voice their concerns and have their questions addressed.