Jan 28, 2011
Walden state Representative from Oregon will be
holding a press conference
steps of the court house
conference will deal with the Antiquities Act.
This is the act that gives the
president the power to just sign a paper to
create a monument without it going through the
Congress or the Senate.
Congressman Walden is going to
present a bill to the House taking this power
away from any serving president. Then the bill
will go to the Senate for a vote.
This helps us if he can get it passed
both the House and Senate. Our biggest fear is
that our president has the power to declare the
Siskiyou Crest National Monument into law as he
goes out the door in 2 years.
presidents like to leave a legacy, the
Crest National Monument
President Obama’s legacy.
You are all invited
to attend this press conference, and
encouraged to do so. This is our chance to let
Greg Walden see that we are supporting him in
his effort to stop this unfair land grab in our
PNP Comment by Liz Bowen: Earlier this
month, I wrote about the proposed Siskiyou Crest
National Monument in my column in the Siskiyou
In doing more research, I found an
article that ran in the Siskiyou Daily News
on Aug. 4, 2009, where the Siskiyou County Board
of Supervisors voted 4-1 to oppose the monument.
It is Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
in Ashland, Ore. that is advancing the monument
bridge,” which will create 600,000
acres of set-aside land.
about 300,000 acres are in Siskiyou County.
I agree with the reasoning behind the
supervisors’ opposition. Siskiyou County is
huge, and 62
percent is already federal land, mostly
managed by Klamath National Forest.
portions are already set-aside as
Wilderness, roadless, late successional reserves
and other special designations for exceptional
protection of the environment.
The Marble Mt. Primitive Area was
upgraded from the 1930s designation of
“Primitive” in 1964 when Congress created the
The Marble Mt.
Wilderness is 241,744 acres large.
Then 20 years later, Congress passed the
California Wilderness Act of 1984 and areas that
were previously logged and had roads for other
reasons were determined to be “preserved.”
So roads were taken out in the western
range of mountains bordering Scott Valley and
Wilderness was created. It has 12,000
At one time, about 10 years ago, U.S.
Senator Barbara Boxer
proposed that all
of the Klamath National Forest should be
preserved as Wilderness, which was an
outrage to me as a Siskiyou County resident.
Public lands do not provide taxes.
The lands are a financial hindrance.
Timber harvesting, mining, cattle
grazing and many recreational activities are not
allowed in the National Forest already and
Wilderness is an
extreme designation of non-use.
Only an elite few are able to use the
land – all under the guise of preserving
monuments do not promote the interests of local
economies, public safety, private property
ownership and the protection of local custom and
culture,” stated the supervisors. I