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State Land Board Meeting Summary - April 14, 2009
Land Board Awards
The State Land Board presented two awards in a ceremony honoring projects and organizations that promote and recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of natural resources.
 
The 2008 Stream Project Award was presented to the Coal Creek Dam Removal project, represented by a coalition of public and private interests from Tillamook County.
 
The 2008 Partnership Award was presented to the Oregon High Desert Grotto for their work in mapping underground lava tubes on the Stevens Road property in Bend.

Consent Agenda
 
The Land Board approved the consent agenda:
 
Request for approval of the minutes of the Feb. 10, 2009 State Land Board meeting.

Action Agenda
  1. The board approved the sale of five isolated parcels sold at public auction on March 26, 2009 in La Grande for a total of $145,851. The five parcels were part of 16 offered. The board also gave approval to the Department of State Lands to offer the remaining 11 parcels at the appraised value on a first-come, first-served basis until Dec. 31, 2009.
  2. The board approved the sale of 5.52 acres of historical filled land in Coos Bay to Central Dock Company for $72,721.
  3. After a presentation by Mike Mueller of the State Treasurer's Office on the value of the Common School Fund (CSF), the board approved a staff recommendation to change the CSF distribution policy as follows: Effective with the Dec. 31, 2009 distribution, the amount of the distribution shall be equal to 4 percent of the average balance of the preceding three years. If the average balance of the fund has increased by 11 percent or more, the distribution amount shall be 5 percent of the average balance of the preceding three years. This change will even out the distributions to schools, and provide some level of consistency for state and local budgeting purposes.

Informational Agenda
The board heard an overview of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve located in Charleston. The South Slough was established in 1974 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was the nation's first of 27 estuarine research reserves. The reserve celebrates its 35th anniversary in June.
 
The board also received updates on the revised administrative rules that govern the department's Removal-Fill Program, and on bills in the 2009 legislative session that affect the department.