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April 2, 2013 

For immediate release                                                                                   13-05
 
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
 
                                                                                               
Annual awards, Common School Fund on Land Board meeting agenda
 
Note: At approximately 10:20 a.m., after the awards ceremony and before the public meeting, the State Land Board will meet in executive session with the Board of Forestry to confer with legal counsel regarding current litigation. The executive session will be held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(h), and is closed to the public. Members of the news media may attend, under provisions of ORS 192.660.
 
Salem – Awards honoring exceptional stream and wetland projects, and an exemplary partnership, will be presented by the State Land Board at their public meeting on April 9:  
 
Stream Project Award: Whychus Creek Restoration at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve near Sisters. A team composed of the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, the Deschutes Land Trust, the Deschutes National Forest, and Aequinox Consulting restored spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead trout and Chinook salmon along 1.4 miles of Whychus Creek.
 

Wetland Project Award: Colewort Creek Restoration Project within the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park near Astoria. Under the leadership of the Columbia River Estuary Study Task Force and the National Park Service, a 45-acre wetland complex was restored to historical elevations and functions.

 
Partnership Award: City of Portland Streamlining Team for its collaborative work with state and federal agencies on streamlining waterway permitting in the city.
 
The wetland and stream awards recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources, and the partnership award recognizes people and programs that help advance the goals of the Department of State Lands.
 
In other business, the board will be asked to approve delegation of management duties of newly acquired lands in the South Slough watershed to the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Commission.
 
Informational reports include the annual report on Common School Fund investments; the annual Estates Program report; a status report on recreational placer mining; and a legislative update.  
 
The awards ceremony and meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m., 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 Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.
 
 
The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.
 
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