During his final days in office,
President Barack Obama expanded the Cascade-Siskiyou National
Monument by about 48,000 acres. The monument was first
established by President Bill Clinton.
A federal judge in Medford ruled Tuesday that several
environmental groups can intervene in a lawsuit aimed at
preventing the expansion the Cascade-Siskiyou National
Monument in southern Oregon.
During his final days in office, President Barack Obama
expanded the national monument by about 48,000 acres. The
monument was first established by President Bill Clinton.
The judge’s ruling means Oregon Wild, the Wilderness
Society, the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council and other
groups will be allowed to intervene in a lawsuit filed by
Murphy Timber Investments.
“If they prevail in making this argument, I think it would
be a giant setback across a whole range of conversation
issues in Oregon,” said Steve Pedrey, the conversation
director for Oregon Wild.
Pedrey said they’re also getting involved because they don’t
trust the Trump administration to defend the national
Murphy Timber Investments filed the lawsuit against the
expansion in February.
Its attorneys didn’t immediately return OPB’s requests for
comment. But in its lawsuit, the company argues Obama went
beyond what the law allows.
“Over 80 percent of the acres included within the monument
expansion are O (O&C) Lands which have been specially
designed by Congress in the O Act of 1937 for the express
purpose of ‘permanent forest production,’” the lawsuit
Attorneys for the company argue that turning the O&C Lands
into a “park-like preservation status” violates the statutes
in the act and “exceeds the scope of presidential authority
under the Antiquities Act.”
The company said it owns 2,101 acres in the expanded
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C.
section 107, any copyrighted material
herein is distributed without profit or
payment to those who have expressed a
prior interest in receiving this
information for non-profit research and
educational purposes only. For more
information go to: