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Real Property Transactions

All land sales and exchanges are processed through rules established in OAR 141-067. The Department of State Lands’ Real Estate Asset Management Plan provides direction and criteria for land disposal. Parcels are carefully evaluated for financial, natural, cultural and recreational impacts before sales. Adjacent property owners, interested parties, and federal, state and local agencies are notified during the evaluation. The Department uses the information received to recommend to the Land Board whether or not to sell or exchange parcels under study. The board must also approve the final transaction, as well as the actual land sale method, such as public auction.​

More details are at the end of this web page.

Proposed Fall 2014 Auction​​​

Land Sales at the Elliott State Forest​

Land Sale of the Forked Horn Subdivision in Deschutes County​

Proposed Land Exchange in Harney and Malheur Counties​


Land Available for Direct Sale

The following parcels were offered for sale at the Nov. 14, 2012 land auction, but did not sell. Under State Land Board-approved policy, the parcels are available for direct sale for one year following the auction – until Nov. 14, 2013. The minimum prices are listed below and are not negotiable. For more information on the parcels, please contact Clara Taylor: 503-986-5276 (Salem);​ clara.taylor@state.or.us.


LEF - Land Evaluation Form

Parcel Name​
TRS
Tax Lot
Size
  Josephine County    
Savage Creek 36S 05W 36 100 80 Acres
$248,000 LEF Map 

Additional Information
Preston Creek Parcel in Lane County  
 
The Department of State Lands (DSL) has an active program for land sales and exchanges. The Real Estate Asset Management Plan​ ​​directs DSL to evaluate and sell smaller or difficult-to-manage lands.  The effort to sell such acreage has priority over land sales requested by individuals through the application process, which are initiated by submitting a land sale or exchange application​ (a $750 non-refundable application processing fee must accompany each application).  
 
All land sales or exchanges are processed through the rules established in OAR 141-067.  Parcels are carefully evaluated for the financial, natural, cultural and recreational impacts of the proposal. Adjacent property owners, interested parties, lessees (if applicable), and federal, state and local agencies are notified during the evaluation.  DSL uses the information received to recommend to the Land Board whether or not to sell or exchange the parcels under study; the Land Board must also approve the final transaction.
 
The Land Board must also approve the actual land sale method, which varies depending on the type of land being sold and the prospective purchaser. Property appraisal is always conducted before a sale occurs. Generally, sales of Common School Fund trust land are made through a public auction process conducted by DSL's contract auctioneer,  Realty Marketing/Northwest.  Land offered for sale will be marketed through ads, public notices, mailings and email to the public and interested parties.
 
DSL normally retains mineral rights. In some instances reservations or easements might be attached to the property in order to place protection over or conserve special unique or significant resources (e.g. historical or cultural features). Valid existing rights (e.g. utility easements) are also honored. From time to time, the Department sells or releases the mineral and geothermal resource rights (i.e. surface rights) to the landowners holding the surface rights.
 
Land exchanges are processed based on equal value for the exchange and acquired land. Mineral rights may also be included provided the potential is equal to or greater than that of the land being exchanged. Land exchanges also require the approval of the Land Board.  An exchange agreement is set up between DSL and the exchange partner that describes the roles and responsibilities of each.  The Land Board must approve the agreement and the final transaction.


Administrative Rules
 
 

Additional Links
 

Land Sales by other Oregon State agencies:
 
Oregon Department of Transportion
 
  Department of Administrative Services​  
  
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