Feb. 4, 2014
For immediate release 14-02
Land Board to consider John Day plan at Feb. 11 public meeting
Note: The Land Board will meet in executive session, beginning at 10:00 a.m., to consult with legal counsel regarding current litigation or litigation likely to be filed. 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 – At their Feb. 11 meeting, the State Land Board will be asked to approve the John Day Basin Area Plan (JDBAP), an inventory and asset plan for Common School Fund land assets in the drainage basin of the John Day River. The plan covers a total of 57 sites in Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Grant and Wheeler counties, comprising about 8,824 acres.
The JDBAP incorporates new financial performance objectives and aligns with the board’s Real Estate Asset Management Plan adopted in February 2012. The REAMP provides overall strategic direction to the board and Department of State Lands, with an emphasis on identifying and retaining state land holdings that generate revenue for the state’s Common School Fund, and divesting of underperforming lands.
The board also will consider the Department’s request to proceed with drafting legislative concepts for the 2015 legislative session, and receive an update on the agency’s administrative reorganization.
The Consent Agenda includes requests to initiate rulemaking governing land management activities; initiate the review and determination of selling or exchanging up to three parcels in Clatsop County; issue easements in Tillamook and Multnomah counties; and release four acres of mineral rights in Lane County.
The public 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.