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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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  • 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.
  • State announces fair market value of school lands within the Elliott State Forest

    Work on implementing the protocol for alternative ownership continues

    The Department of State Lands on July 27 released the fair market value of 82,500 acres of Common School Fund lands within the Elliott State Forest: $220.8 million.

    The value was determined by Mason, Bruce & Girard, and Oregon natural resource consulting firm that analyzed property appraisals provided by three independent firms.

    The announcement is a key piece of information for the public, private and nonprofit entities that have expressed an interest in acquiring the Elliott property in Coos and Douglas Counties.

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    Elliott Ownership Transfer

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