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Forestry planning, 2011-13 budgets on Land Board agenda
For immediate release                                                                10-15
More information: Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us 
Board also will be asked to approve Eugene Motor Pool purchase
Salem – At their June 8 public meeting, the State Land Board will be asked to concur with the Board of Forestry’s April 2010 adoption of the Northwest and Southwest Forest Plans for Common School Fund forestlands. The plans are revised versions of the plans adopted by the Land Board in 2001.
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) manages forestlands for the Land Board and Department of State Lands (DSL) – about three percent of 630,000 acres in the northwest and 46 percent of 17,464 acres in the southwest are managed as "common school lands."
Following a public comment period and public hearings, the Board of Forestry adopted the 2010 revised plans. The plans are designed to generate a range of economic, environmental and social values from state forests. They include strategies to protect threatened and endangered species; create diverse landscapes within the forests; increase forest assets; and use an adaptive management approach for implementing the plans.
In other business, the Land Board will be asked to approve ODF's proposed 2011-13 Common School Fund budget request, and DSL's proposed 2011-13 budget request.
The board also will be asked to approve purchasing the Eugene Motor Pool, a 1.63-acre property in downtown Eugene located near the 5th Street Public Market, for $1.9 million. DSL would add the property to its current inventory of nearly 7,000 acres of commercial lands. The department's Asset Management Plan directs the agency to sell isolated parcels and reinvest in higher-value lands.
The meeting's informational agenda includes the annual unclaimed property report and a summary of DSL's 2010 customer service survey.
The meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m., 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@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 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.