Zinke: Cascade-Siskiyou boundaries to shrink

Two groups sued when then-President Obama nearly doubled the monument's size

Pilot Rock rises into the clouds in the new Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument near Lincoln, Ore., July 6, 2000. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
Pilot Rock rises into the clouds in the new Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument near Lincoln, Ore., July 6, 2000. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Just one day after President Trump ordered the boundaries of 2 national monuments in Utah reduced, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recommended modifying the boundaries and management of 2 more monuments, including Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou.

The other recommended for boundary shrinkage is the Gold Butte National Monument.

Zinke released the final report outlining recommendations he made to President Trump on some national monument designat​ions under the Antiquities Act.

In September, a memo from Zinke to the president justifying his recommendation that the boundary of the monument which lies mostly in Oregon and crosses over into California be “revised” says motor vehicles aren’t allowed in it.

Litigation may continue

(AP) – The Trump administration has agreed to resume litigation over the expansion of Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on Jan. 15 unless it resolves the dispute first.

The Capital Press reported Tuesday that two groups sued when then-President Barack Obama nearly doubled the monument’s size earlier this year.

But those groups agreed to freeze their litigation while the incoming President Donald Trump decided whether to roll back the Obama expansion.

The Association of O&C Counties and the American Forest Resource Council want Trump to scale back the monument so it doesn’t include so-called “O&C lands.”

Eighteen Oregon counties receive logging receipts from those lands under statute.

The groups say expanding the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument to include those lands was illegal.

The Trump administration recommends modifying the monument’s boundaries but details aren’t clear.