Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Senator responds to local concerns over monument

I queried Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, one of the proponents of an expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, with regard to locals' concerns that it would put an end to timber and grazing allotments and injure the area's economy. Here is his office's response, via spokeswoman Martina McLennan:
"It’s important to Senator Merkley that all interested Oregonians are able to weigh in on a potential Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion, including the agriculture community and especially any producers who believe their operations may be affected. Local residents can submit written comments through Senator Merkley’s office, which will be shared with the Administration to help inform the President’s decision. It's important to understand that if the President decides to designate a monument, it is only the first step, and would only set broad management objectives. If the Monument is expanded, there will be additional opportunities for public input on how the area would be managed. Senator Merkley will continue to work with local communities, including the agriculture community, and the new Administration to make sure Southern Oregonians' voices are heard and taken into account."
You will find my complete story at CapitalPress.com soon and very soon, as the old hymn goes.

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