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June 10 Land Board Meeting Agenda
NEWS RELEASEfor immediate release                                                   08-17
More information:            Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298                                          
Rogue River navigability, special uses rules and State Lands and Forestry 2009-11 budgets will be considered
Salem – At their public meeting on June 10, the State Land Board will be asked to adopt the Final Rogue River Navigability Study prepared by the Department of State Lands (DSL). The study asserts the 89-mile segment of the Rogue River from Grave Creek to Lost Creek Dam is navigable, meaning the state has owned the beds and banks since statehood.
DSL used the federal test for navigability in its determination:
To be considered navigable, and therefore a grant to a state upon its admission to the Union, the river must have been:
  • Used, or susceptible to being used,
  • In its ordinary and natural condition,
  • As a highway of commerce over which trade and travel were, or could have been conducted,
  • In the customary modes of trade and travel on water at the time of Oregon’s statehood (1859).
The Land Board will not take public comment on the study at the June 10 meeting. The public comment period closed on March 26, 2008, after several drafts of the study were prepared and distributed, and after DSL solicited public input through numerous public hearings and meetings on the report’s findings.
The Land Board also will be asked to adopt administrative rules governing leases, licenses and short-term access authorizations for special uses on state-owned land. No public comment will be taken on this agenda item, as the public comment period closed on May 16, 2008, after DSL conducted public outreach on the proposed rules.
In other business, the board will consider a request to sell 15 scattered forest parcels (approximately 3,221 acres) in Coos, Curry, Douglas and Lane counties, and to approve a resolution to conditionally decertify the parcels from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) management; and to approve DSL’s and ODF’s proposed 2009-11 budget requests to the Oregon Department of Administrative Services.
The 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 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.