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Land Board to consider rangeland rules, land sale and exchange
10/07/2009
 
For immediate release                                                                   09-20
 
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us 
 
 
Informational agenda includes forestry and land management updates 
 
Salem - The Department of State Lands (DSL) will ask the State Land Board to adopt revised administrative rules governing the management and leasing of rangelands at the board’s Oct. 13 public meeting in Salem.
 
The meeting will be held at the Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
 
The proposed rangeland rules add and clarify definitions and leasing policies; adjust the grazing fee formula to be closer to a fair market lease rate; and clarify that DSL owns any future improvements constructed on state-owned land. A 2008 grazing fee advisory committee provided input into the proposed rule changes, and the public was invited to provide comments. No public comment will be taken at the meeting since the comment period has closed.
 
The board will consider approving the direct sale of .39 acres of state-owned land in Douglas County to the Bureau of Land Management; and authorizing a land exchange with Guistina Resources, whereby DSL would exchange up to 599 acres of the South Fork Gate Creek Parcel in Lane County for land of equivalent value in the Willamette Valley area. The land exchange would likely be completed in 2010.
 
The meeting’s informational agenda includes Oregon Department of Forestry updates on Common School Forest Lands and the Elliott State Forest Habitat Conservation Plan, and the Land Management Division’s annual report.
 
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.
 
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