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Land Board welcomes two new members
02/02/2009
 
For immediate release                                                       09-02
 
More information:   Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298
 
Program reports and Oregon 150 project on meeting agenda
 
Salem – Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ben Westlund will participate in their first State Land Board public meeting on Feb. 10, joining Land Board Chair Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
 
The meeting’s agenda includes a request to approve the direct sale of .56 acres of submerged land in Clatsop County to Pacificorp, and Department of State Lands (DSL) program updates: land management, estates, unclaimed property and wetlands and waterways conservation.
 
At the end of the meeting (approximately 11:30 a.m.), the board will participate in a ceremonial planting along Mill Creek behind the State Lands building at 775 Summer St. NE. Since October, DSL staff and volunteers have been working on an Oregon 150 Take Care of Oregon project to remove invasive species (holly, laurel, black locust, Himalayan blackberry and English ivy) along Mill Creek, and replant the area with native species. Science students from Parrish Middle School will participate in the Feb. 10 planting and again on Feb. 14, Oregon’s 150th birthday.
 
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 Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ben Westlund. 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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