Dec. 3, 2013
For immediate release 13-16
State Land Board to consider Elliott State Forest parcel sales, receive annual reports at Dec. 10 public meeting
Note: The Land Board will meet in executive session to deliberate with persons designated by the board to negotiate real property transactions. The executive session will be held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(e), and is closed to the public. Members of the news media may attend, under provisions of ORS 192.660.
Salem – After hearing three informational reports – on appointments to the Oregon Ocean Science Trust; the annual report on management of Common School Forest Lands; and the annual land management report – the State Land Board will deliberate on a request to approve selling five scattered parcels in the Elliott State Forest in Coos and Douglas counties.
The parcels total 2,714 acres, about 3 percent of the total Elliott acreage overseen by the Land Board. Oregon’s constitution directs the board to manage its land holdings to generate money for public education. Revenue from “school lands” is deposited in the Common School Fund, whose earnings are distributed twice a year to Oregon’s 197 public school districts. Because of recent restricted timber harvests, in fiscal year 2013 the Elliott was a roughly $3 million expense to the fund.
The board will be accepting public comment on the sales before their decision on the parcels. Comments will be limited to two minutes per person, and all persons wishing to comment must sign up before the public meeting begins, at approximately 10:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at approximately 10:30 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org
) 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.