ONTARIO, Ore. -- A formal group has been established to fight a proposed national monument in Eastern Oregon.
The Argus Observer newspaper reports the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition is led by ranchers who have grazing allotments that would be included in the 2.5 million-acre monument.
Coalition secretary Andy Bentz said the plan is to tell their story to government leaders and those who may have influence on government leaders. Ranchers worry the potential rules and regulations could put them out of business.
A national monument designation can come through an act of Congress or at the direction of the U.S. president.
Supporters of a monument say the designation is crucial to protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands.