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Specific responsibilities for Land Management Division staff include:
  • land sales and exchanges, and
  • issuance of authorizations including:
    • agriculture and rangeland forage leases
    • communications site leases
    • easements
    • licenses for use of state-owned upland and waterways
    • mineral leases
    • rights-of-entry
    • sand and gravel leases
    • waterway leases
    • waterway structure registrations.

 
The Land Management Division manages lands and some waterways granted to Oregon by the federal government upon statehood, with revenues dedicated to the Common School Fund.  These resources include:
 
Forestlands
102,033 acres
Agricultural Lands
5,168 acres
Rangelands
626,356 acres
Industrial/Commercial/Residential
6,912 acres
Waterways
800,000 acres
Special Stewartship Lands
38,816 acres
   
At statehood, the federal government granted Oregon roughly six percent of the new state's land for the use of schools.  The Oregon Constitution dedicated the school lands and their mineral, timber and other resources and escheated estates to the Common School Fund.  The Constitution also established the State Land Board (Governor, Secretary of State and Treasurer) as trustee of the fund.
 
The Constitution requires the board to manage lands under its care to obtain the greatest benefit for Oregonians, consistent with resource conservation under sound techniques of land management.  DSL's Asset Management Plan provides standards and strategies to obtain a reasonable return on investment for the fund while meeting the Constitutional and trust obligations.
 
The agency leases range and agricultural land and waterways for a variety of business activities.  The Oregon Department of Forestry manages Common School Fund forestland under contract with the Land Board.
 
Revenues from land and waterway management activities are deposited in the Common School Fund.  Twice a year, earning from investments are distributed to Oregon's 197 K-12 public school districts according to a formula established by the State Land Board.
 

 
More Information
 
Oregon Constitution Article VIII
 
Common School Fund
 
State Trust Lands Fact Sheet