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Grazing work group members sought
03/07/2011
 
For immediate release                                                                         11-05
 
More information:     Randy Wiest – 541-388-6456; randy.wiest@state.or.us (Bend)
                                    Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
 
Leasehold management plans to be developed for state rangelands
 
Jordan Valley – The Oregon Department of State Lands seeks input into establishing management objectives for approximately 13,000 acres of state land in southeast Oregon.
 
Members of a work group will help shape four leasehold management plans for livestock grazing on lands about 30 miles south of Jordan Valley. The plans set specific management objectives for each lease.
 
One or two meetings a month will be held in Jordan Valley for up to three months, beginning in April.
 
Interested individuals should send a letter of interest by March 28 to:
            Randy Wiest, Rangeland Manager
            Department of State Lands
            1645 NE Forbes Road, Suite 112
            Bend, OR 97701
            randy.wiest@state.or.us
 
All revenue from leasing state rangelands is deposited in the Common School Fund, a trust fund for public education established at statehood. In 2010, $50.5 million was distributed from the fund to Oregon’s 197 school districts. Malheur County received nearly $375,000.
 
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.
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