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Proposed Land Exchange in Harney and Malheur Counties

Public Hearing September 30, 2014

The Oregon Department of State Lands is holding a public hearing for the proposed land exchange between the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) and Tree Top Ranches Southeast of Crane, Oregon.  The Public Hearing is an opportunity for DSL to inform the public on its pending land exchange with Tree Top Ranches and respond to concerns that were raised during the public comment period earlier this year, as well as receiving additional comments.  The Department will make a final recommendation to the State Land Board at a later date.

The Public Hearing will be held at the Harney County Chamber of Commerce located at 484 N. Broadway Ave. Burns, OR 97720 at 5:30PM until 7:30PM on Tuesday September 30th, 2014.  This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities.  If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Shawn Zumwalt at (541)388-6033 or shawn.zumwalt@state.or.us​ at least two working days prior to the meeting.

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Public Notice of Proposed Tree Top Land Exchange

This is to clarify a notice of a land exchange between Tree Top Ranches and the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) in Harney and Malheur Counties.  The State Land Board has approved the start of due diligence studies and will accept public comment on the exchange.

DSL will order appraisals, endangered species studies of plants and animals, and cultural resource studies of the properties.  DSL is interested in receiving public comment on the land exchange and will accept comments until 5:00 pm on April 1, 2014.  All of the information will be posted on our website once it has been received.

All of the information from the due diligence studies and public comments will be studied.  DSL staff will make a recommendation to the State Land Board who will make a final determination on the exchange no earlier than June, 2014.

The reason for the exchange is that Tree Top Ranches is proposing to take DSL land that will improve management of their land in exchange for Tree Top land that is surrounded by DSL’s existing rangeland holdings.  The exchange will improve the efficiency of DSL’s rangeland management.

Public Comment can be mailed to the State Land Board, c/o Clara Taylor, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR  97301 or emailed to clara.taylor@state.or.us.  More information on the exchange can be found by calling Shawn Zumwalt, DSL Property Manager, at (541) 388-6033 or by email at  shawn.zumwalt@dsl.state.or.us.​

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