Monuments for All: A Community Forum on America’s Public Lands Legacy
From Bears Ears to Cascade-Siskiyou, America’s National Monuments are under attack! On June 20, Oregon Wild is organizing a community forum on the various efforts to undermine or eliminate National Monuments across the west.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30
Mazamas Mountaineering Center
Corner of SE Stark & 43rd Ave, Portland
As Oregonians, we benefit greatly from our proximity to protected public forests, mountains, coastlines, waterways, and deserts, but now the Trump administration is proposing to rob Americans of our public lands heritage by considering the elimination or resizing of National Monuments around the country. If successful, Trump’s unprecedented action would undermine decades of conservation work and weaken a key conservation tool used by presidents for a century, the Antiquities Act.
Our program will include a presentation by Dave Willis of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council about the history of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, it’s unique ecology, and why it’s worth protecting. We’ll also hear about the wider fight over National Monuments across the west from Jimmy Tobias, a freelance investigative reporter whose work can be found in the Pacific Standard, the Nation, the New York Times, and other outlets. Then, Oregon Wild’s Executive Director, Sean Stevens, will close with a list of ways you can get involved in protecting public lands right here in Oregon.
In the face of unprecedented threats to our public places, we need to educate ourselves and get organized, so come join us for an evening of thoughtful discussion, free beer, refreshments, and next steps!
Photo of the Cascade-Siskiyou Nat. Monument by Steven Holt