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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

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National Monument on Calif-Oregon Border Expanded


News from the Pacific Forest Trust

September 28, 2006

http://www.pacificforest.org/news/CSNM-PressRel2.html

The Pacific Forest Trust Completes First Phase of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Conservation Campaign with Purchase of Additional 2,750 Acres Now Aims to Have Acquired Lands Officially Added to the Monument Working in cooperation with two landowners, Forest Capital Partners (FCP) and the Swanson Group, the Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) is pleased to announce the acquisition of nearly 2,750 acres of private forestland within the boundaries of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) Planning Area.

With these latest acquisitions, the “purchase and protect” phase of PFT’s Campaign to Complete the Vision is now complete and a total of nearly 4,750 acres of biodiversity-rich forests, meadows and streams have been conserved. In the second phase of the campaign, PFT aims to garner support to have these and previously acquired private lands transferred to public ownership and officially added to the Monument.

“Together with the redband trout and spotted owls, I rejoice in the fact that the Pacific Forest Trust has acquired these threatened forestlands and streams,” says Dave Willis, President of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council and long-time CSNM advocate. “Thanks to PFT, the Monument is now more fully protected and another step closer to being made whole.”

The roughly 2,600 acres acquired from FCP in the central and southern regions of the CSNM comprise some of the largest blocks of private forestland within the CSNM Planning Area. PFT’s purchase of these properties ensures these lands will not be developed and the many vital resources on the properties – including nearly a mile of the Pacific Crest Trail and four important watershed streams – will be permanently protected.

With these most recent acquistions, PFT has now conserved a total of
roughly 4,750 acres in the Monument Planning Area.

For map: http://www.pacificforest.org/news/images/CSNM_b&w_0906.jpg

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