To rancher Lee Bradshaw, the presidential order nearly doubling the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was both shocking and predictable.
Ever since the original 53,000 acres of public land were designated as a monument in 2000, there had been whispers about enlarging it.
Even so, the announcement during the final days of President Barack Obama’s administration in early 2017 appeared rushed to Bradshaw, particularly since a handful of meetings held about the expansion were more about creating hype than seeking public input, he said.
“I knew it was coming our way, but it was unexpected about the way they did it,” Bradshaw said.
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