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Public hearings scheduled for state land rules
04/20/2009
 
For immediate release                                                                            09-13
 
More information:   Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298
 
Revisions focus on land sales and closures
 
The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold three public hearings to receive testimony on proposed revisions to state administrative rules governing the agency's land management activities:
Sale, Exchange and Purchase of Land and Mineral Interests
 
Wednesday, April 22
1:20 – 3:30 p.m.
Land Board Room
Department of State Lands
775 Summer St., NE
Salem
 
Thursday, April 23
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Redmond Fire Hall Conference Room
341 Dogwood Ave.
Redmond
 
Public Recreational Use of State-Owned Property
 
Friday, April 24
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Land Board Room
Department of State Lands
775 Summer St., NE
Salem
The land sales rules pertain to a variety of land management activities, including ownership issues relating to submerged and submersible lands and historical filled lands, and mineral and geothermal rights.
 
The proposed changes clarify and implement efficiencies in the processes the department uses to sell and exchange land and/or mineral rights.
 
Revisions to the rules pertaining to recreational uses on state-owned land managed by DSL include giving the director authority to quickly place restrictions on, or close, state-owned land to recreation in an emergency and for environmental cleanup; and clarifying the process the director and State Land Board will use to consider and impose such restrictions.
 
Additional information is available on the DSL Web site: http://oregonstatelands.us/DSL/rules_activity.shtml.
 
Public comment may be submitted in writing or by email as follows:
 
Attention: Ms. Liz Martino
Rules Coordinator – Land Sale Rules
Oregon Department of State Lands
775 Summer Street N.E., Suite 100
Salem, Oregon 97301-1279
 
Land Sales landsalesrules@dsl.state.or.us deadline is May 8, 5:00 p.m.
 
Land Closures landclosurerules@dsl.state.or.us deadline is April 24, 5:00 p.m.
 
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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