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Juvenile justice program receives State Land Board Award
For immediate release                                               10-10
More information:                                                                                      
Jim Smith, Deschutes County – 541-322-7653; jamess@deschutes.org
Julie Curtis, State Lands – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
Deschutes county program matches juvenile crews with community projects 
Salem – The State Land Board today recognized the Deschutes County Juvenile Community Justice Department in an awards ceremony honoring exemplary partnerships with the board and Department of State Lands (DSL).
In presenting the award, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, a member of the Land Board, praised the program coordinators for helping keep lands under the board's care cleaned up. "Their work is tremendously helpful for the board and department, and we hope to continue this successful partnership well into the future," said Wheeler.
Since 2007, crews of juvenile offenders ages 12 – 18 have removed trash from several parcels of state land as part of their required community service. Under program manager Jim Smith's guidance, they've removed vegetation for a firebreak on the Stevens Road tract in southeast Bend; cleaned up a large amount of household trash on the South Redmond parcel near the Deschutes County Fairgrounds; and removed multiple household appliances used for ATV tracks on the Todd Road property.
"The cleanups are done at no cost to the state and make the lands more enjoyable for the public, especially for adjacent neighbors who like the properties to remain trash-free," said DSL's eastern region property manager, Shawn Zumwalt. He and Smith have worked together since 2007 to plan the cleanups and organize the work crews.
"This partnership has been a very productive one from the start," said Smith. "We're honored to receive this award, but the real thanks go to the kids who work hard out there and serve the county and State of Oregon."
The State Land Board consists of Governor Theodore Kulongoski, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. 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.