Bulletin Staff Report

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, near the southern border of Oregon, is one of three national monuments that the Secretary of the Interior has recommended altering, according to a report from the Washington Post.

On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recommended shrinking three national monuments. The recommendation was private, and represents the culmination of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s four-month review of 22 monuments that were designated or expanded by President Donald Trump’s recent predecessors.

The Washington Post, quoting “multiple individuals briefed on the decision,” said Zinke recommended reducing the size of the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase National Monument in Utah, in addition to Cascade-Siskiyou.

In January, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was expanded to 113,000 acres in Oregon and California by former President Barack Obama, a controversial decision that irritated members of Southern Oregon’s timber industry. In April, President Trump signed an executive order directing the secretary of the interior to review national monuments that have been designated since 1996, if the monument is at least 100,000 acres in size or was designated “without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.”

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