Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument expansion hearing draws big crowd in Klamath Falls

monumentKlamath Falls, Ore. – Proposed expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is generating controversy in Klamath County.

More than 200 people attended a Klamath County Commissioner’s hearing Tuesday night.

The proposal would nearly double the size of the monument.

Property owner Deb Evans testified in favor of the expansion:  “I think there’s misconceptions that private property would somehow be jeopardized – we are still able to do what we want to do with our land.”

Republican Legislative candidate E. Werner Reschke spoke against the proposal:  “If they want a monument so bad, let them start with 10 square miles around Pioneer Square in downtown Portland – let them try that.”

29 people spoke in favor of the expansion, while 34 spoke in opposition.

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