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Wyden says he'll oppose any secret monument plan

GRANTS PASS, Ore.U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says he will oppose any secret effort to establish a national monument that would set aside land across the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon.

The Daily Courier reports the Oregon Democrat told a town hall meeting in Grants Pass on Saturday that he had heard about a proposal by the environmental group Klamath Siskiyou Wildland Center a couple of years ago.

At least 10 people asked Wyden about the proposal that would set aside much of the high Siskiyous, stretching from the Oregon Caves to Mount Ashland and well into Northern California, as a monument.

They raised concerns about the effects on mining and private property.

Wyden, who won re-election in November, reassured them he would oppose any effort behind the scenes to establish a monument.

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