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State Land Board Meeting Summary - Feb. 10, 2009
Consent Agenda
The Land Board approved the consent agenda:
  • Request for approval of the minutes of the December 9, 2008 State Land Board meeting.
  • Request for approval of the addition of one site, Yamhill Oaks, also known as the Nielsen Tracts, owned by The Nature Conservancy, to the Oregon Register of Natural Heritage Resources.

Action Agenda
The board approved a request to sell 0.56 acres of contaminated submerged land in Clatsop County to PacifiCorp for $30,000. The PacifiCorp Astoria site is located on the north shore of Youngs Bay, about 400 yards west of the US Business Highway 101 Bridge. In February 2005, PacifiCorp entered into negotiations with the Department of State Lands for a lease to allow the placement of a sediment cap over and on the contaminated sediments with the provision that, with the State Land Board’s approval, PacifiCorp would purchase the 0.56 acres of submerged lands encompassing the sediment cap. Sediment cap construction was completed during the summer of 2005.

Informational Agenda
The board heard reports on the following programs:
 
Annual report on land management activities.
 
Annual report on the Estates Program.
 
Annual report on the Unclaimed Property Program.
 
Biennial report on the Wetlands and Waterways Conservation Division
 
Director Louise Solliday gave an overview of the department's legislative activities. She noted that the State Treasurer will not pursue HB 2154 which would have transferred the Unclaimed Property Section to the Office of the State Treasurer effective July 1, 2011.  
 
The board members participated in a ceremonial planting of native plants along Mill Creek as part of the department's Take Care of Oregon project for the state's Sesquicentennial. Seventh grade science students from Parrish Middle School joined the board, and also planted native species on Feb. 14, Oregon’s 150th birthday.