Published May 5, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Department of the Interior announced Friday it is reviewing 27 national monuments, including Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou.
The list is slightly different than the one compiled after President Trump signed an executive order paving the way for the reviews last month.
The initial list included 24 monuments designated by presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
The new list includes 27 monuments, including the Cascade-Siskyou National Monument in Southern Oregon, designated by Clinton in 2000 because of its unique and diverse ecology.
The order does not include Oregon's only other national monument, Oregon Caves in Cave Junction.
This is the first ever formal review of monuments conducted by a president of the United States. The public is invited to weigh in on the designations, which fall under the Antiquities Act of 1906.
"There is no pre-determined outcome on any monument," said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "I look forward to hearing from and engaging with local communities and stakeholders as this process continues.”
Designation of national monuments has been a hot-button issue in Oregon recently, as environmentalists pushed for Obama to designate the Owyhee Canyonlands a national monument before he left office. Many local ranchers and other stakeholders in Eastern Oregon pushed back, and the designation never materialized.
Obama did designate other controversial pieces of land as national monuments - the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, and Gold Butte in Nevada.
Cliven Bundy, father of the leaders of the Oregon standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, has claimed ancestral rights to Gold Butte and allegedly allowed his cattle to graze on the land without paying grazing fees.
The Department of the Interior at the time said both monuments contain sacred Native American land.
The White House said comments can be made after May 12 online here, by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.
The full list of monuments under review:
Basin and Range, Nevada
Bears Ears, Utah
Berryessa Snow Mountain, California
Canyons of the Ancients , Colorado
Carrizo Plain, California
Cascade Siskiyou, Oregon
Craters of the Moon, Idaho
Giant Sequoia, California
Gold Butte, Nevada
Grand Canyon-Parashant, Arizona
Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah
Hanford Reach, Washington
Ironwood Forest, Arizona
Mojave Trails, California
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, New Mexico
Rio Grande del Norte, New Mexico
Sand to Snow, California
San Gabriel Mountains, California
Sonoran Desert, Arizona
Upper Missouri River Breaks, Montana
Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona
Katahadin Woods and Waters, Maine
Marianas Trench, CNMI/Pacific Ocean
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, Atlantic Ocean
Pacific Remote Islands, Pacific Ocean
Papahanaumokuakea, Hawaii/Pacific Ocean
Rose Atoll, American Samoa/Pacific Ocean
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