Timber industry won’t concede defeat in national monument battle, experts say

By Mateusz Perkowski
The Capital Press
April 5, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SOUTHERN OREGON — Though the U.S. Supreme Court won’t review the legality of a national monument expanding onto Oregon forestland prioritized for logging, the timber industry isn’t yet conceding defeat. The nation’s highest court recently refused to weigh in on the near-doubling of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon, ending seven years of litigation over the issue. However, the timber industry’s legal and political experts still believe the broader controversy over national monuments restricting logging and grazing will probably result in a precedent-setting Supreme Court decision. …Debates over public lands management will likely get more widespread and contentious due to the federal government’s “30 by 30” initiative, which aims to impose conservation measures on 30% of American lands by 2030, Clark Judge said. “The fastest way to get to 30% is to impose the Antiquities Act”. 

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