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Cascade-Siskiyou Monument review confirmed

The Department of the Interior confirmed Friday that the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of 27 national monuments under President Donald Trump's review order, and the public will have a chance to weigh in electronically on their views on their creation under the Antiquities Act of 1906.

The monument, which was created in 2000 by President Bill Clinton and expanded to a 137,500-acre footprint last year by President Barack Obama, is one of 21 monuments, and the only one in Oregon, to be reviewed because it is larger than 100,000 acres and was created since 1996, according to the agency.

The review of the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument and 20 others in its category will delve into whether the designations meet a size requirement that is the “smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected,” according to the Department of the Interior.

A monument in Maine will be reviewed to determine whether enough public outreach with relevant stakeholders occurred, the agency said. Four national monuments in the Pacific Ocean and one in the Atlantic Ocean also will be reviewed for the same reason.

The department said in a news release Friday that it will begin taking public comments on the use of the Antiquities Act in these cases beginning May 12, and the comments will be accepted for 60 days.

To comment, go to www.regulations.gov, enter DOI-2017-0002 in the search bar and then click "search."

Comments also can be mailed to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1949 C St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20240.

The Antiquities Act allows presidents to create national monuments and does not require public comment or public discussion. The act also does not have provisions to rescind monument designations.

Trump signed an executive order April 26 directing Interior Secretary Mike Zinke to conduct the reviews and report to Trump within 120 days on any suggested legislative or executive action that would be applicable.

— Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtfribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.