Original monument is approximately 65,000 acres in southwestern Oregon... Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)... Expansion is approximately 42,000 acres in Oregon and 5,000 acres over the border in California...
Just a Note: If the expansion of the monument goes through and the 43,000 acres in Oregon and the 5000 acres in California contain ANY COLLECTING SITES, Collecting of Rocks, Minerals, Gems, Petrified Wood and Fossils will no longer be allowed and against Federal Law. There is no removal allowed of any Natural Resources from any land with-in the Monument Boundaries. To Keep Recreational Rockhounding in the monument the legislature will need to act on the expansion. Contact your Legislators.
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is situated at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountain ranges and there is a new proposal to expand the Monument. The expansion will close all Recreational Rockhounding and collecting areas within the proposed area and the entire Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The BLM is looking for Public Comment and the Deadline for submitting comments is August 8, 2023. The Clock is Ticking Rockhounds.Below are links to BLM sites and other information. Check it out:
Mail: ATTN: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Planning, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504
public can submit written comments concerning the scope of the
analysis, potential alternatives, identification of relevant information
and studies, and nomination of areas of critical environmental concern.
Comments must be received by August 8 or 15 days after the last public
meeting, whichever is later.
More Information of the Expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument:
Oregon Senator Bates (Ashland-Medford District) and others have submitted three anti-mining bills to the Oregon legislature. If these destructive bills are passed into law, it will put a complete end to suction dredge and all other forms of motorized gold mining in the entire State of Oregon! Read More....
Rule change allows certain department officials and peace officers the authority to order rule violators to leave or to exclude them from the ocean shore area for a period of time; establishes an appeal process for exclusions; requires domestic animal handlers to maintain control and be responsible for animal behavior; establishes specific standards for natural product removal for personal use; prohibits seasonal collection and prospecting in Western Snowy Plover areas; prohibits altering the natural environment or disturbing natural resources; prohibits or regulates certain activities to ensure safety, preservation and access for all; clarifies rules for items of value found on the ocean shore; etc.