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Land Board Awards 2008
Stream Project Award
Coal Creek Dam Removal - Tillamook County

Sept. 4, 2008 - Reservoir sediment excavation
Dec. 30, 2008 - After two flood events
Spearheaded by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, this project involved removing a dam on Coal Creek that was originally built in 1949 to supply water to the Tillamook Creamery Association’s cheese plant and surrounding community.
When the water line failed in the 1990s, the creamery association sought to terminate its lease with Tillamook County for the forestland surrounding the dam, and the county agreed to do so if the 30-foot-high dam was removed.
Contractors started the removal process in the summer of 2007, and on September 5, 2008 the Coal Creek Dam was successfully blasted away.
Coal Creek, a tributary of the Kilchis River, has been restored to its historic channel, and significant improvements to the creek have already been observed, including spawning salmon and gravel movement.
The project was accomplished through a successful partnership of private and public organizations.
See news release for more information.

Partners in the Coal Creek Dam Removal Project receive the 2008 Stream Project Award from the State Land Board

Partnership Award
Oregon High Desert Grotto - Bend
Stevens Road Property
Geoff MacNaughton, a member of the Oregon High Desert Grotto, inspects a cave
Members of the High Desert Grotto provided extensive mapping of underground lava-tube caves on the Department of State Lands’ Stevens Road parcel, a 640-acre tract of Common School Fund land in southeast Bend.
Four experienced members of the Bend-based caving group provided information on the size, location, condition and potential management of eight lava-tube caves – all at no cost to the state. Their primary interests are to protect the caves from vandalism and to ensure they are well managed as an important natural resource.
As a result of their mapping work, the department now has reliable data on where the caves are located to protect this natural resource and to direct development to areas where there are no lava tubes.
See news release for more information.

Members of the Oregon High Desert Grotto receive the 2008 Partnership Award from the State Land Board 
More information on the Land Board Awards.