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Meetings to focus on state property in Central Oregon
For immediate release                                                                           10-19
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us 
                              Doug Parker – 503-986-5246; douglas.parker@state.or.us 
Public invited to provide input on management strategies 
With more than 7,000 acres of land under its purview in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, the Oregon Department of State Lands is developing a Central Oregon Area Management Plan (COAMP).
Staff from the department's Salem and Bend offices will be on hand to share information on state-owned lands, coordination among local government agencies, current uses, and future plans for the properties:
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Redmond Fire Hall Training Room, 341 NW Dogwood (use the Elm St. entry)
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Prineville City Hall, Council Chambers, 387 NE 3rd St.
"These informal meetings are designed to get input from the public on our lands and our vision for increasing revenue from our real estate assets," said the department’s asset planner, Doug Parker. "We'd like to hear from current lessees as well as others who are interested in how we manage our properties in the region."
Revenue from state lands is deposited into the Common School Fund, a trust fund established at statehood for Oregon public schools. Earnings distributed in 2010 to Oregon's 197 K-12 school districts totaled $50.45 million.
The department hopes to complete a draft plan by April 2011, hold formal hearings in April/May, and gain Land Board approval for the plan in June.
The 2006-2016 Asset Management Plan provides guidance for managing the department's real estate assets. More information on the plan, as well as properties in the Central Oregon region, is on the department's Web site.
  • Central Oregon Area Management Plan  Fact Sheet 
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.