Judge rules federal agencies overstepped in forest management


December 22, 2021

A federal court earlier this month issued two major decisions relating to the management of Western Oregon O&C lands.

In one decision on Dec. 2, Judge Richard Leon invalidated President Barack Obama’s proclamation expanding the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument on O&C lands, finding no president has the unilateral authority to override federal law and an Act of Congress.

Specifically, the court found that the O&C Act mandate to manage the lands for permanent forest production “cannot be rescinded by presidential proclamation.”

The judge also invalidated the Bureau of Land Manag...

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