In June of 2000, due to the convergence of several distinct eco-regions, this unique area was recognized for having outstanding biodiversity, as well as serving a critical connectivity corridor for species migration.
The result was President Clinton’s original proclamation of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the only monument ever created for the sole purpose of preserving and protecting biodiversity.
As time passed, scientists studying the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument began to question whether the boundary was adequate to provide long term protection to the “objects of scientific interest” which, in this case, were the abundant species, unique habitats and vital ecological functions the original proclamation had sought to preserve. In the face of increasing land use impacts, growing population pressures and climate uncertainties, they determined it was not.
The reports and recommendations from scientists, along with extensive public input, led President Obama to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in January 2017. We welcome inclusion of the properties within the newly expanded boundaries.
Having the public lands bordering the Preserves being managed in a more compatible and cohesive manner not only enhances our conservation objectives but ultimately provides broader landscape and watershed connectivity, helping to safeguard the regions extraordinary biodiversity.