Monuments and oranges

Salazar's order and a proposed Siskiyou Crest monument have little connection


When Rep. Greg Walden addressed a group of protestors gathered at the Jackson County Courthouse Tuesday, he addressed two issues: a proposed Siskiyou Crest National Monument and an order issued in December by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. One has virtually nothing to do with the other.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 gives the president of the United States — only the president, not Salazar or anyone else — the authority to establish national monuments to protect public resources. President Bill Clinton did so when he created the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in 2000.

Salazar's order, on the other hand, does something much less dramatic.