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State to sell land in northeast counties
04/20/2009
 
For immediate release                                                                              09-14
 
More information:       Clara Taylor – 503-986-5276
                                       John Lilly – 503-986-5281
 
Land Board approves direct sale of parcels not sold at March auction 
 
Salem – At their April 14 public meeting, the State Land Board gave the go-ahead to the Department of State Lands (DSL) to sell 11 parcels of land in Baker, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties. The properties were offered, but not sold, at a March 26 public auction in La Grande.
 
The board directed DSL to sell the parcels on a first-come, first-served basis for the appraised values. Lower offers will not be accepted.
 
The 11 parcels remain after five were sold at the March auction, said John Lilly, DSL’s asset manager. “Our Asset Management Plan directs us to dispose of lands that are not actively managed, and to reinvest sale proceeds in other real estate activities. The relatively isolated location of these parcels makes them candidates for other agencies or property owners to manage more effectively,” he said.
 
Each parcel will be available until sold or until 5:00 p.m. December 31, 2009.
 
Additional information, including descriptions of the 11 parcels and state financing arrangements, is on the DSL Web site: www.oregonstatelands.us, or by calling Clara Taylor at DSL: 503-986-5276.
 
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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