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Land Board to hold public meeting in Coos Bay/North Bend
07/15/2011
 
For immediate release                                                       11-22
 
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
 
Elliott State Forest, easement rulemaking on agenda
 
North Bend - Oregon Department of Forestry staff will present the Draft Forest Management Plan for the Elliott State Forest at a special State Land Board meeting:
Friday, July 22
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
North Bend Public Library
1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend
The meeting is the first of two scheduled this year in regional locations. The other meeting will be scheduled in September in the Bend/Redmond area.
 
After the ODF presentation, the public is invited to provide comments on the draft plan. Because only three minutes per person of oral testimony will be allowed, people are encouraged to bring written testimony to the meeting. Comments also may be submitted by Aug. 1 to:
 
State Forests Planning Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310
Email: ODFStateForestsComments@odf.state.or.us
FAX: 503-945-7376
 
In other business, the board will be asked to approve the initiation of rulemaking related to Senate Bill 600, which establishes additional waterway leasing exemptions for riprap, drainage districts, city and county road maintenance, and voluntary habitat restoration projects.
 
The meeting will be held 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 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.
 
In the afternoon, Land Board members and staff will participate in an informational tour hosted by the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. Rep. Arnie Roblan and Sen. Joanne Verger also have been invited to attend. More information is available from Elise Hamner, Communications and Community Affairs Manager at the port: 541-267-7678.
 
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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Attachment: Elliott State Forest fact sheet