National Monuments: Cascade-Siskiyou

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National Monuments: Cascade-Siskiyou
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Mason Cummings, TWS

Logging in Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southwest Oregon protects wildlands renowned for their spectacular biodiversity. A remarkable medley of rare and marvelous species can be found here, including more than 200 types of birds and an array of butterflies that is almost unmatched in the U.S. Rich in woodlands, the monument has been targeted by the timber industry for years. Logging companies are even arguing for reductions in the size of the monument. This ecological gem is too special to destroy through logging.

Why this place matters

Cascade-Siskiyou is an unusually ecologically diverse area due to its many distinct types of terrain. These lands harbor a wide array of wildlife, birds and a diverse populations of butterflies. The monument strengthens local economies and helps preserve outdoor recreation opportunities.

1st monument for biodiversity
Cascade-Siskiyou was the first monument created to preserve biodiversity.
200+ bird species
This ecologically rich area supports a high diversity of birds and animals.
$16.6 million in recreation dollars
go into the economy compared to $600,000 from timber.
62 square miles at risk
Logging is a major concern in Cascade-Siskiyou.

The threat

For many years the timber industry has been trying to gain access to land in and around Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Keeping it protected will preserve the monument in its own right and also keep landscapes interconnected to help plants and animals adapt to the effects of climate change. All this would be threatened by the intrusion of timber harvest to the area. A variety of business owners, chambers of commerce, city councils, local elected officials, scientists and Native American tribes are working to defend Cascade-Siskiyou from attempts to undermine its protected status and we stand with them. 

What we're doing

  1. Working with elected officials

    We are working with elected officials to oppose efforts to cut protections for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by working against any proposals to reduce its protection, cut acreage or introduce logging or development to the landscape.

  2. Influencing national policy

    We’re advocating for policies in Congress that codify Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and other monuments, preventing lawmakers from unilaterally reducing them or opening them to development.

What you can do
Tell lawmakers to defend Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Sign up for WildAlerts to make your voice heard.