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Annual awards, land management actions, Common School Fund investments on Land Board meeting agenda
04/05/2011
 
For immediate release                                                                               11-08
 
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
 
Salem – At their public meeting on Tuesday, April 12, the State Land Board will present two Land Board Awards in the following categories:
 
Wetland Project Award for the Miami Wetlands Enhancement project in Tillamook County. Coordinated by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, the project restored ecological functions throughout 44 acres of tidally influenced wetlands in the Miami River watershed. The project has catalyzed the permanent protection of the site and other critical wetlands near Tillamook Bay, a federally designated "bay of national significance."
 
Partnership Award to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office - River Patrol for their years of outstanding service to the Department of State Lands. The River Patrol has provided assistance with curtailing illegal activities on state-owned waterways; provided numerous boat trips for staff to inspect land from the water; and helped clean up derelict vessels and homeless camps on state land throughout the county.
 
The Land Board Awards recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon's natural resources, as well as partnerships that advance the work of the board.
 
In other business, the board will consider requests to sell .31 acres of historical filled land in Tillamook County, 24,090 feet of filled land in Multnomah County, and four scattered parcels in northeast Oregon.
 
The Office of the State Treasurer will update the board on the investment portfolio of the Common School Fund.
 
The awards ceremony and 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 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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