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Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, OR


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The scenic vistas of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and six other contested monuments will be preserved for future generations because of Earthjustice's successful intervention in two cases challenging the authority of the president to designate National Monuments and protect areas of scientific and historical interest.

In southern Oregon, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument sits at the intersection of the Great Basin, the volcanic Cascade Mountains-which run from Washington to northern California-and the older Siskiyou Mountains. Each of these regions contributes to the monument's stunning and diverse landscape, complex geology, and tremendous variety of animal and plant life. Cascade-Siskiyou is the first national monument created in recognition of an area's biological diversity. The monument also has a long human history. Native American settlement, by the Shasta, the Klamath, and Modoc tribes, dates back thousands of years.

The Bureau of Land Management, under the guidelines of the National Landscape Conservation System, administers Cascade-Siskiyou and national monuments across the west. The National Landscape Conservation System was created to protect the remote and wild character of western landscapes and to leave them undeveloped. However, many of the new monuments are temporarily regulated by Interim Resource Management Plans and the timber, mining, oil, and cattle industries are working to gain access to these lands at the expense of the general public. Earthjustice is dedicated to working with citizen groups and other conservation organizations to protect our public lands and insure all citizens have an equal stake in their use.

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