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Proposed Land Exchange in Harney and Malheur Counties

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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