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Parks land exchange, climate panel, estates on Land Board agenda
For immediate release                                                                                   11-03
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us 
Salem – At their Feb. 8 meeting, the State Land Board will be asked for final approval to exchange a 75.15-acre parcel in Lincoln County owned by the Department of State Lands (DSL) for a 6.37-acre parcel in Redmond owned by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). The parks commission approved the exchange at its Jan. 26, 2011, meeting.
The DSL parcel is located adjacent to the newly designated Beaver Creek Natural Area south of Newport on the coast, and will allow OPRD to expand the site. The Redmond property is adjacent to the 945-acre South Redmond Tract owned by DSL, and is important to the development of the property because of its proximity to the rail line.
Independent appraisals were conducted on both properties. The Redmond parcel is valued at $95,550; the coastal property is valued at $128,000. OPRD will pay DSL the $32,450 difference.
In other business, a panel of experts will present information on three recently released reports on climate change in Oregon: The Oregon Climate Assessment Report; The Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework; and Interim Roadmap to 2020. The panelists include Phil Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute; Richard Whitman, director of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development; and Angus Duncan, chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission.
The board also will receive the Estates Program Annual Report, which provides information on the number of estates cases handled in Fiscal Year 2010, as well as their value. Oregon's Constitution directs DSL to administer the estates of people who die without a will and without known heirs. If neither heirs nor a will can be located, after ten years the value of these estates becomes a permanent part of the Common School Fund.
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.
Meeting agenda
The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, 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.