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State seeks comments on land management
01/06/2012
 
For immediate release                                                                                  12-01
 
More information:     John Russell – 503-986-5281; john.russell@state.or.us 
                                    Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us 
 
New plan would guide Department of State Lands for 10 years
 
About 2.3 million acres of land under the State Land Board's jurisdiction will be managed according to policy set out in a revised Real Estate Asset Management Plan (REAMP). The board's administrative arm, the Department of State Lands (DSL), recently completed a draft of the plan that guides land management activities, and provides policy for selling, exchanging and acquiring land.
 
The department is seeking public comment on the draft plan at a series of public meetings held around the state. The second meeting is in Medford:
 
Wednesday, Jan. 18
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Red Lion Hotel Medford
200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford
 
Other public meetings are scheduled in Burns (Jan. 11) and Salem (Jan. 24).
 
State-owned lands include forestlands, agricultural lands, rangelands, waterways, industrial/commercial/residential lands, and mineral and energy resources.
 
The REAMP takes a different approach from previous plans by being less specific on individual parcels, and focusing more on policy guidance for managing DSL's real estate portfolio. The REAMP includes specific criteria for evaluating lands for disposal and acquisition along with other procedures to guide land management decisions.
 
Information about the plan and meeting locations is on the DSL website: http://oregonstatelands.us/DSL/LW/reamp.shtml.
 
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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