Oregon county officials say federal government needs to coordinate with them more prior to PA designation

The federal government is failing to coordinate with Jackson County officials about attempts to add protections to land at Crater Lake National Park and in a new Siskiyou Crest National Monument, two commissioners charged today.

Jack Walker and C.W. Smith said the government has failed to include county officials or be transparent enough in attempts to designate land for federal protection.

Over the objections of Commissioner Dave Gilmour, Walker and Smith approved an order urging the government to halt attempts to create new wilderness areas here until the county and other stakeholders get a chance to weigh in.

Both Smith and Walker said they only learned about plans to create the wilderness area and monument from news accounts.

"You need to include people," Smith said. "You cannot make summary judgments."

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