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Corvallis-Area Farmers Receive State Land Board Award
For immediate release                                                                                      08-13
More information:  Julie Curtis, State Lands: 503-986-5298
                               Marvin Gilmour, Mid Valley Mitigation Bank: 541-928-2507
Owners of 45-acre mitigation bank honored
Salem - The State Land Board today recognized Marvin and Cindy Gilmour for the Mid Valley Wetland Mitigation Bank in an awards ceremony honoring exemplary projects that promote responsible stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources.
In presenting the 2007 Wetland Award, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, a member of the State Land Board, commended the Gilmours, grass seed farmers whose wetland mitigation bank is located near Adair in Benton County, for developing a native wetland of exceptional quality, diversity and size.
“Those who know Marvin and Cindy know they do this work not only because it offers them an economically viable way to diversify their farming operations, but because they truly love nature and all the wildlife that visit their wetlands,” Bradbury said.
A wetland mitigation bank is a business venture in which the bank sponsor restores, creates or enhances wetlands, and sells credits to developers who need to offset their wetland impacts to obtain a state or federal wetland fill permit.
The Mid Valley bank serves multiple purposes, including much-needed credits in the Willamette Valley, improved wetland functions for the Luckiamute Watershed, and habitat for thousands of wintering waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds.
The State Land Board Awards were created in 2003 to promote and recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of natural resources. To be eligible, stream and wetland projects must have received a removal-fill permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands and must meet or exceed all permit conditions.
The State Land Board consists of Governor Theodore Kulongoski, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and State Treasurer Randall Edwards. 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.