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Annual awards, Common School Fund on Land Board meeting agenda
04/02/2012
 
For immediate release                                                                     12-08
 
More information:  Julie Curtis – 503-986-5298; julie.curtis@state.or.us
 
Annual awards, Common School Fund on Land Board meeting agenda
 
Salem - At their public meeting on Monday, April 9, the State Land Board will present two Land Board Awards in the following categories:
 
Wetland Project Award for the Eugene Water and Electric Board Roosevelt Operations Center Wetland Mitigation Site, a 14-acre area of historically degraded wetlands that has been restored, created and enhanced into a high quality wetland. The project is part of EWEB's 52-acre operations center in west Eugene, located within the West Eugene Wetland Conservation Planning Area. 
 
Stream Project Award for the City of Eugene's Delta Ponds Side-Channel Habitat Enhancement Project, which hydrologically connected 2.2 miles of side-channel habitat to the Willamette River, providing critical rearing habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon.
 
The wetland and stream awards recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon's natural resources.
 
In other business, Office of the State Treasurer will present the annual Common School Fund investment report, and the board will discuss strategies for sustaining fund distributions over the long term.
 
The consent agenda includes a request for approval to initiate rulemaking to designate marine reserves and marine protected areas at Cape Perpetua, Cascade Head and Cape Falcon; and a seabird protection area at Cape Perpetua; and a request for approval to release the subsurface mineral rights on 80 acres in Wallowa County to The Nature Conservancy.
 
The awards ceremony and meeting will be held at the State Lands Building, 775 Summer St., NE in Salem, beginning at 10:00 a.m., 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 (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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