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'Galapagos of North America' protected

A stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail was transfered into public ownership Friday, for permanent protection in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

The Conservation Fund transferred a 930-acre parcel, acquired from the Hancock Timber Resource Group, to the Bureau of Land Management.

The land is located at the intersection of the Cascade Range, Siskiyou and Klamath mountains. Some call it the “Galapagos of North America” because of its diverse plant and wildlife species.

Funding was provided via the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

About 2,890 acres of the Hancock timber land in the area remain available for sale, and some hope that will be acquired in the future using the same federal funding source.

“Today’s land transfer means that the project to increase public lands at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument — which is truly one of Oregon’s special places — is more than halfway complete,” says Senator Ron Wyden, the Oregon Democrat. “Conserving this land within the monument means more opportunities for hikers, hunters, and the rest of Southern Oregon’s robust recreation economy,” Wyden says.

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