In light of lawsuit, coalition defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

2/27/2017
Daniela Jusino

ASHLAND, Ore. - Despite two lawsuits being filed by two Oregon timber companies against the expansion, the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is defending the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

News10 first brought you the news of the expansion when former President Obama announced it on January 12.

Dave Willis, chair of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council defended the monument in statement, calling it one of the most biodiverse places in North America.

“The original monument helped slow the unraveling, but continuing threats have only increased with time. A reversal or reduction of the monument expansion would be tragic,” Willis said in a statement.

Murphy Co, one of the companies involved in the lawsuit, has said that more than 80 percent of the federal land in the expansion area is dedicated to timber production under the O&C Lands Act.

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