National Monuments Review Sample Comment Scripts for the Savvy Citizen.
Protect Cascade Siskiyou National Monument
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Protect Cascade Siskiyou National Monument – Sample Script by Guest Contributor L.W. for Wednesday, June 21, 2017:
I oppose any changes to the protection of Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and California. This is the first and only national monument established specifically to protect biological diversity. The monument is home to a spectacular variety of more than 3500 species of plants and animals, many endemic and rare, and must be preserved in its entirety in order to protect the survival of those species. Several endangered species occur in the area including the Great Grey Owl. The area is a corridor between the Siskiyou Mountains, recognized globally for botanical diversity, and the southern Cascade Range, offering watershed protection and a large-scale resilience for the area’s important natural resources. A reversal or reduction of the monument would be a tragic mistake.
Local communities, the Klamath tribes, and municipalities value the area for recreation (fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, technical climbing, boating, cross-country skiing, biking, horse-back riding) and quality of life benefits that help to diversify the economy. Hikers along the Pacific Crest Trail enjoy the back country. Land owners representing more than 14,000 acres of adjacent private land support preservation of the monument, along with local legislators, Governor Brown, and Senators Wyden and Merkley.
I urge you to leave this unique American landscape intact.
photo: The stunning views from the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, including the sun, moon, Mount Shasta and Pilot Rock, were captured May 3, 2015, from the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT.