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Local interests will suffer
Siskiyou Daily News, Letter to Editor by Dr Richard A Gierak, 4/29/10
The spotted owl, coho salmon, suckers, TMDL, KBRA, Klamath Hydroelectric Agreement and a plethora of other government intrusions into Siskiyou County have resulted in reduced property values, loss of county revenue, loss of thousands of jobs, and at this time they would like to finish the destruction by declaring all lands north of the Klamath River as the Siskiyou Crest National Monument.

It would appear that the Constitution and Bill of Rights of this great country are being replaced by the radical Green Movement doctrine.

Perhaps we should locate a large island and have radical Greens occupy same and do what they will, and after 10 years evaluate their efforts prior to allowing them to decimate established communities and lives.

Take the time to evaluate those that have already been affected by national monuments throughout the states and under no circumstances should we allow this proposed monument to be established.

Beswick, Copco, Hornbrook, Gottsville, Klamath River, Hamburg, Fort Goff, Seiad Valley, Happy Camp, Clear Creek, Cottage Grove, Somes Bar and Orleans are all historic communities that will be decimated by the proposed Siskiyou Crest National Monument, let alone the hundreds of private property owners, ranchers and farmers that live and work on the northern border of the Klamath River.

On August 4, 2009 the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors made it clear that they officially opposed the proposed Siskiyou Crest National Monument creation.

The supervisors’ resolution made the following points before arriving at its conclusions:
Sixty-two percent of the county’s 2.5 million acres is federal land.

Substantial portions of these federal lands are already set aside as wilderness, roadless areas, late successional reserves and other special designations for exceptional protection of the environment.

Historic communities and private property are intertwined and checker-boarded throughout the county, including along the Klamath River corridor.

Wildfires have been increasing in severity over the past several decades; in 2008 wildfires raged across 200,000 acres of federal land in the county.

All the communities in the county have been identified as “Urban Wildland Interface Communities” that are at high risk from wildfire.

Siskiyou County and the communities of the Klamath River corridor in particular have been severely impacted by a declining availability of timber resources for harvest and use.

Areas such as the Klamath River corridor are rich in natural resources, which have been used historically for grazing, timber harvest, mining, recreation and a host of other uses.

The vitality of local communities, the economic health of the county, and the public safety of local residents depend upon continued access, active resource management, aggressive fuels reduction, continued historic private use and economic development of these natural resources.

The county has a responsibility to its citizens to ensure that federal land management acknowledges and respects the private rights and interests affected by federal decisions.
National monuments do not promote the interests of local economies, public safety, private property ownership or the protection of local custom and culture.

National monuments do not readily allow active adaptive management in response to arising environmental issues affecting wildlife, landscapes or human communities.

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