April 16, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune
Oregon governor wants cattle out of national monument
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Gov. Ted Kulongoski is urging the federal government to
stop trying to maintain cattle grazing on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument,
when it was created to protect native species.
A letter from the governor's office to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management criticizes
the latest version of the management plan the agency is drawing up, arguing
that it is trying to get around the language which established the monument
and which calls for eliminating livestock grazing if it is shown to harm the
native plants and animals.
The governor's office also questioned the sense of continuing with a grazing study
that has cost $1 million to date, when there is strong support among ranchers
in the area and local and statewide stockmen's groups for a federal buyout to