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Public comment sought on state property in Central Oregon
For immediate release                                                                         11-16
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
                               Doug Parker – 503-986-5246; douglas.parker@state.or.us 
Tri-county management plan in development
With more than 7,000 acres of land under its purview in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, the Oregon Department of State Lands is in the final stages of developing a Central Oregon Area Management Plan (COAMP).
Staff from the department's Salem and Bend offices will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the plan to manage state-owned lands, including coordination among government agencies, current uses, and future plans for the properties:
Tuesday, May 10
6:30 p.m.
Redmond Fire and Rescue Station, West Side Meeting Room
341 NW Dogwood Ave. (use Elm Street entry)
The hearing is designed to receive public testimony on the plan and the department's goals for managing state lands to increase revenue from real estate assets, said the department's asset planner, Doug Parker.
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's 2006-2016 Asset Management Plan provides guidance for managing state lands. More information on the plan, as well as properties in the Central Oregon region, is on the department's Web site.
The public comment period will be open from May 3 through May 20, 2011. Written and emailed comments may be sent to:
Doug Parker
Department of State Lands
775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100
Salem, OR 97301-1279
(503) 986-5246

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.