Environmental groups, state officials and Native American tribes are all promising to file lawsuits against a move by the Trump Administration to shrink several national monuments, including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon.
President Trump says the declaration returns the land to local people, but critics say the move opens the land to environmental destruction, desecration of historic sites and the likelihood of energy exploration by corporate interests.
Central Oregon Daily’s Lisa Carton takes a closer look at the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history.
For advocates of wild horses, it was the vote they had dreaded for years. On September 9th, an advisory board to the Bureau of Land Management voted to kill more than 40,000 wild horses in BLM facilities across the country. News of the recommendation spread fast and had many people wondering how and why healthy, wild horses could be killed? Although the BLM has said they’re not going to follow through on the recommendation, for now, it has opened up a heated conversation about how to humanely manage wild horses in Oregon. Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson takes a look at the issue that is stirring debate from Bend to Burns.