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Chad DelCurto parked his pickup beside the road winding the Snake River canyon, surveying the jagged green edge of Oregon where his cattle grazed. This is where he lost them.

There’s ample feed and room to wander on these remote and rugged stretches of public land. But there’s added risk to open range: harsh weather, disease, rustlers, predators.

“This is the reality — this is outside, all natural, grass-fattened beef,” he said.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrapped up his weekend tour of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon on Sunday. Among others, he met with a pro-monument group of conservationists, landowners and local elected officials, and with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

Zinke’s visit is part of a review ordered by President Trump, to evaluate 27 national monuments declared or expanded by previous presidents since 1996. Zinke hiked trails and met with a range of stakeholder groups, including ranchers, timber interests and snowmobilers.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke toured the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon Saturday. He’s gathering information as part of President Trump’s order to review monuments designated by previous administrations.

Zinke hiked trails and held closed-door meetings with stakeholder groups, including ranchers and snowmobilers. At a mid-afternoon press conference, Zinke said it’s important to him to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be in Oregon to review the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument this weekend.

The Interior Department confirmed the visit Friday.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is scheduled to meet with Zinke during his visit Sunday.

Zinke’s review is in accordance with President Donald Trump’s executive order to review the status and size of national monuments across the country.

President Obama invoked the Antiquities Act to expand the monument in southern Oregon by nearly 50,000 acres during his final days in office.

Oregon’s attorney general is threatening to sue the Trump administration if it tries to change the boundaries of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Department of Interior is currently reviewing the status and size of national monuments across the country.

In his final days in office, President Obama invoked the Antiquities Act to expand Southern Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by nearly 50,000 acres. The region is considered a bio-diversity hotspot in the West.

The U.S. House passed legislation this week that would provide a land base for two Western Oregon tribes.

The Oregon Tribal Fairness Action (H.R. 1306) would provide 17,500 acres of federal land to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Another 15,000 acres would be held in trust for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. Neither tribe currently has a land base.

Wildfire Near Summer Lake, Oregon, Winding Down

Jul 13, 2017

The Ana Fire burning near Summer Lake, Oregon, is winding down.

Officials say the fire, which began on July 8, is now 75 percent contained as of Thursday morning. According to the Bureau of Land Management, the Ana Fire is one of 119 active wildfires burning 1.1 million acres across the country.

Strong, gusty winds and low humidity are of concern for the 316 personnel still battling the blaze. A red flag warning has been issued for the area south of the fire.

At its peak, the Ana Fire was burning 6,000 acres.

Editor’s note: Research, tenacious advocates and $16 billion have lifted Columbia salmon from the brink of extinction. But the Northwest has yet to figure out a sustainable long-term plan to save the fish that provide spiritual sustenance for tribes, food for the table, and hundreds of millions of dollars in business and ecological benefits. This is part of a special series of reports exploring whether salmon can ultimately survive.

This is a guest post by Claire Schoen, a producer, documentary filmmaker, and the creator of a new podcast called Stepping Up.

Grannies and kids, evangelicals and clowns, they are figuring out new ways to act – and act out – about the biggest crisis of our times.

A preliminary investigation indicates the Ana Fire burning near Summer Lake, Oregon, was sparked by a group of people shooting tannerite exploding targets on private property, the Herald and News reports.

Fire officials and law enforcement held a meeting Tuesday night for residents affected by the fire, which has since destroyed a cabin and an outbuilding.

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