In April President Trump instructed the Department of the Interior to review Cascade-Siskiyou’s monument designation. On Aug 24th, according to a leaked copy of his report, Secretary Zinke recommended erasing protections: shrinking the monument and allowing mining, logging and drilling in currently protected areas.
State: Oregon and California
Established: June 9, 2000
What is Cascade-Siskiyou Known For?“This rich enclave of natural resources is a biological crossroads--the interface of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou ecoregions, in an area of unique geology, biology, climate, and topography. The monument is home to a spectacular variety of rare and beautiful species of plants and animals, whose survival in this region depends upon its continued ecological integrity.” (Proclamation)
Why is Cascade-Siskiyou Threatened?
- Logging: As of 1990, 87% of forests in the northwestern United States had been destroyed. Now timber companies want to continue logging in Cascade-Siskiyou, which was preserved for its tremendous biological diversity that relies on large, connected, undisturbed areas of forest.
- Global warming: As climate changes, many species will be forced to migrate - which puts a premium on their having connected habitat that’s safe from development and logging.
What can we do?We can challenge President Trump and Secretary Zinke's unprecedented move to potentially ERASE protections for Cascade Siskiyou. The legal case against the president is strong -- the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 affirmed that only Congress has the authority to modify national monuments. But in addition to lawsuits we need the Senators from Oregon to do all they can to make sure Cascade Siskiyou protections remain in place.
Both Sens. Wyden and Merkley support Cascade Siskiyou. We want to make sure they know we agree with them and challenge them to do even more to protect it.