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State Lands Public Meeting Scheduled
For immediate release                                                                                      12-05
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us 
Charleston – To prepare rule changes in response to recent legislation, the Oregon Department of State Lands will hold a meeting to inform the public of the changes and to seek input:
Tuesday, March 20
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Port of Coos Bay RV Park
63402 Kingfisher Drive
Representatives from the department’s land management and removal-fill programs will discuss the basics of both programs, as well as changes created by bills passed in the 2011 legislature. An hour is set aside for discussion and public input.
Senate Bill 600 added additional waterway leasing exemptions, and increased the agricultural exemption for removing sediment in streams for flood control. Other legislation made changes to statutes governing general permits (SB 518); surface water withdrawal (House Bill 2189); linear removal-fill projects (HB 2700); and the Economic Recovery Review Council (HB 766).
More information is available from:
Chris Castelli, land manager: chris.castelli@state.or.us; 503-986-5262
Gloria Kiryuta, resource coordinator: gloria.kiryuta@state.or.us; 503-986-5226
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.