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Land Board agenda to include annual awards, land sales, Common School Fund distributions
For immediate release                                                                                      09-09
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298
Salem - At their public meeting on Tuesday, April 14, the State Land Board will present two Land Board Awards in the following categories: 2008 Stream Project Award and 2008 Land Board Partnership Award. The annual awards recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources, as well as partnerships that advance the work of the board.
The meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
In other business the board will be asked to approve the sale of five of 16 isolated parcels in northeast Oregon sold at public auction on March 26, 2009, and to offer the remaining 11 parcels for sale on a first-come, first-served basis for the appraised value.
They also will consider a request for final approval to sell 5.52 acres of historical filled land in Coos Bay to Central Dock Company; and discuss adjustments to the Common School Fund distribution policy.
The informational agenda includes a program overview of the Sough Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, a report on administrative rules governing the removal-fill permit program, and a legislative update.
The meeting will be held 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@dsl.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.