Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Oregon Counties Sue Federal Government Over Cascade-Siskiyou Expansion

In his last days in office, President Obama expanded the Cascade-Siskiyou National monument on the Oregon-California border. Now, a group of counties that gets revenue from logging lands within the monument boundaries is suing the federal government. Tim Freeman is the president of the Association of O&C Counties. He said the lost revenue will lead to fewer county services "like public health and mental health and libraries and museums and law enforcement and really creating important livability for communities around the state.” Freeman said it’s unclear if the Trump Administration could eliminate the monument entirely, but he hopes the administration could shrink it. Dave Willis is the chair of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council. He helped push for the original monument, and the expansion. He said the lawsuit is a waste of taxpayer money and calls the monument a "gift."...more

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