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Elliott State Forest and Central Oregon management plans on Land Board agenda
10/04/2011
 
For immediate release                                                                                           11-27
 
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
 
Salem - At their public meeting on Oct. 11, the State Land Board will consider adopting two plans for managing state lands: the Elliott State Forest Management Plan and the Central Oregon Area Management Plan (COAMP). Public comment will not be taken on these two items at the meeting, since the public comment period for both plans has closed.
 
The Elliott planning process began in early 2010 when the Land Board directed staff at the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) and Department of Forestry (ODF) to either successfully revise the Habitat Conservation Plan governing species protection in the forest, or adopt a new management plan by Dec. 31, 2011.
 
Ninety percent of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest is Common School land overseen by the Land Board. ODF manages forestlands for the board.
 
Staff drafted the proposed management plan, which adopts a "take-avoidance" policy for protecting threatened and endangered species, after failing to reach agreement with the federal services on a new HCP. The plan:
  • Increases the timber harvest level (from about 25 million board feet to 40 mbf) and projected revenues
  • Increases the percentage of older forest habitat from the current 43 percent to 50 percent over the next 35 years
  • Reserves about 28,000 acres of the forest for "conservation areas" which are unavailable for harvest
ODF conducted two public comment periods on the draft plan in 2010 and 2011. More information is available online: http://oregonstatelands.us/DSL/LW/forestlands.shtml.
 
Planning for 34 state-owned properties on 7,423 acres in the COAMP region - Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties – began in May 2010. Research and informal public meetings were conducted throughout 2010 and 2011. A formal public comment period was open from May 3-20, 2011, with a public hearing conducted in Redmond on May 10, and a special Land Board meeting in Bend on Sept. 27.
 
The plan makes recommendations for actively managing lands in the region, including retaining, developing, selling, trading and conserving state properties. More information is available online: http://oregonstate​lands.us/DSL/LW/coamp.shtml.
 
The Elliott State Forest and central Oregon lands are assets of the Common School Fund. Revenues from land management activities are deposited in the fund, a trust established at statehood to support public education in Oregon. In 2011, $48.75 million in earnings was sent to the state's 197 K-12 public school districts.
 
In other business, the board will receive the annual report on the management of Common School Forest Lands, and the biennial report on the Unclaimed Property Program. They also will be asked to authorize DSL staff to finalize land transactions for a number of parcels on behalf of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and release the subsurface mineral rights on 65 acres in Benton County to the property owner, Wood Duck Farms.
 
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.
 
 
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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