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  • State Focuses on Ownership Transfer for Elliott
    In a unanimous vote at their Aug. 13 meeting, the State Land Board approved a resolution that directs Department of State Lands' staff to begin implementing a protocol to transfer ownership of the Elliott State Forest out of the Common School Fund.
     
    The resolution also directs staff to stop work on finding a new manager for the Elliott and on securing a new habitat conservation plan, two other options that were explored over the past year and a half.
     
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  • Wetland Awards Honor Voluntary Restoration in Columbia County

    Salem – The State Land Board at their April 12 meeting presented two 2015 Wetland Project Awards for the Batwater Station Floodplain Restoration in Clatskanie, and the Sauvie Island – North Unit Restoration in the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, both in Columbia County.

    Located on property owned by Karin Hunt, the Batwater project involved restoring wetlands on a 26-acre section of the property and reconnecting it to the Columbia River.

    The Sauvie Island project opened up more than 330 acres of side channel and freshwater wetlands, and added 25,000 wetland plants, riparian shrubs and trees to the site.

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  • Land Board Appoints New Agency Director

    The State Land Board on February 9 appointed Jim Paul as the director of the Department of State Lands. Jim has served as one of the agency’s three assistant directors for nearly six years. He replaces interim director Stephanie Hallock and the previous director, Mary Abrams.

    Jim's career in public service began in 1996 in the Oregon Department of Forestry’s forest practices monitoring program. He went on to serve as the hydrologist for the agency from 1999 to 2003, providing technical and policy support on water quality and forest riparian protection rules and initiatives.

    In 2006 Jim was appointed State Forests Division Chief at Forestry, and then to Private Forests Division Chief in 2008. He came to State Lands in 2010 to oversee the Land Management Division. Since an agency-wide reorganization in 2014, Jim has been the assistant director of the Common School Fund Property Program.
     
    During his tenure at DSL Jim has overseen a number of agency initiatives, including the 2012 Real Estate Asset Management Plan, the Remediation Rules Advisory Committee for state-owned waterways, the Filled Lands Advisory Group, the remodeling of the DSL headquarters office, and the Elliott State Forest project.
     
    Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whitman College and a Master of Science in Forest Hydrology from the University of Washington.
  • Unclaimed Property Auction Grosses Nearly $300,000
    The abandoned safe deposit box contents auction that was held in Grants Pass in May 2016 was very successful with gross sales of nearly $300,000. Almost 1200 auction lots were originally scheduled for sale. The two-day event was conducted by the Liska Oregon Auction Company.

    Thanks to claims staff’s extra efforts, the owners of over 200 lots were found, their claims filed, and the lots pulled from the auction. In one case, jewelry lots were pulled the day before they were scheduled to be sold.

    “Our intent is to return the actual items reported as unclaimed property, if at all possible. The unfortunate reality is that to make room in our secured area, we have to conduct an auction of items at least every other year,” indicated Patrick Tate, Trust Property Manager.

    The net sale proceeds of the auction will be posted back to the original owners’ accounts and be available for claim in perpetuity. Until claimed, these funds reside in the Common School Fund where the interest earnings benefit K-12 schools in Oregon.

    The next auction is tentatively scheduled for 2018.
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