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April 2 public hearing scheduled on Stockade Block planning
03/16/2009
 
For immediate release                                                                09-07
 
More information:     Doug Parker – 503-986-5246
                                 Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298
 
20-year plan will guide use of 230,000-acre parcel owned by state
 
The Oregon Department of State Lands will hold a hearing to receive public testimony on the Stockade Block Area Management Plan and determine compatibility with Harney and Malheur county comprehensive plans:
Thursday, April 2
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Open House
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Public Hearing
Best Western Rory and Ryan Inns Meeting Room
534 Hwy 20 North
Hines, OR
The draft plan continues current leasehold activities (primarily livestock grazing) and maintaining and enhancing the natural resource base of the property. It also supports development of alternative and sustainable revenue-generating activities such as wind and solar energy production.
 
No significant changes are being proposed for current public access and recreational use opportunities, which are primarily hunting and off-road vehicle use.
 
The Stockade Block is located between Burns and Burns Junction along State Highway 78. As a real estate asset of the Common School Fund, the property helps diversify the fund's investment portfolio while producing sustained revenue over the long term.
  
The public may comment verbally, in writing or by email. The public comment period closes on April 17, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Mail comments to:
 
Oregon Department of State Lands
Attn: Stockade Block Plan Comments
775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100
Salem OR 97301-1279
 
Email: stockade.block@dsl.state.or.us
 
A copy of the draft Stockade Block Area Management Plan will be available on the Department’s Web site at www.oregonstatelands.us after March 23 or by contacting the Department at: 541-388-6112 (Bend) or 503-986-5281 (Salem).
 
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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