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Land transactions, program reports on Land Board agenda
For immediate release                                                                      10-18
More information:  Julie Curtis - 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
Salem – At their Oct. 12 public meeting, the State Land Board will be asked to approve the sale of approximately 1,060 acres of scattered forest parcels in Benton and Lincoln County. Commercial timber production is considered the highest and best use of the timber parcels, although recreational use of the smaller tracts also is possible.
The board also will consider the purchase of a 0.45-acre parcel of land in Bend in a mixed-use zone in the Old Mill District, immediately east of the retail core. The purchase price is $314,000, about half of the 2008 appraised value.
The Department of State Lands' 2006-2016 Asset Management Plan directs the agency to dispose of "lands that are not actively managed, difficult or uneconomical to manage, or low revenue producers," and to reinvest sale proceeds in "acquiring new lands and improving lands with revenue-producing potential."

The meeting agenda also includes the annual report on Common School Forest Lands, a status report on the Elliott State Forest planning efforts, and the biennial report on the Wetlands and Waterways Conservation Division.
The board also will be asked to reappoint Director Louise Solliday to another four-year term and consider a resolution on public participation in Land Board decision-making.
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.