Numerous Oregon counties challenge Obama's expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou NMon in court

WASHINGTON (CN) – Seventeen Oregon counties have challenged President Obama’s 48,000-acre expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon, claiming the executive order prohibits logging the counties desperately need.

President Bill Clinton designated the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument of 52,000 acres straddling the California and Oregon border on June 6, 2000. Eight days before he left office this year, on Jan. 12, President Obama added 48,000 acres to the monument, prohibiting commercial timber harvest inside it.

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