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State Land Board Meeting Summary - Dec. 8, 2009
Consent Agenda
The Land Board approved the consent agenda:
  1. Request for approval of the minutes of the October 13, 2009 State Land Board meeting.
  2. Request for approval of the addition of 1,714.15 acres known as the Wood/Beech Tract of the Nature Conservancy's Table Rocks Preserve, to the Oregon Register of Natural Heritage Resources.
  3. Request for approval of a permanent easement to the Oregon Department of Transportation for a bridge over the Coquille River in Coos County.
  4. Request for approval of the direct sale of a 1.16-acre isolated parcel of land in Marion County to Douglas Phelps.
  5. Request for approval of a land exchange with Giustina Resources and subsequently, the approval of the classification of the newly acquired property and the sale of individual lots located on one of the parcels.
  6. Request for adoption of administrative rules governing the establishment of, and uses within, marine reserves/marine protected areas.  The two reserves are located at Otter Rock near Depoe Bay and at Redfish Rocks near Port Orford.

Informational Agenda: Elliott State Forest
The Land Board heard presentations about future management of the Elliott State Forest, a land asset of the Common School Fund. At their October meeting, Jim Young, district forester in the Oregon Department of Forestry's Coos Region, provided an overview of past and current forest management.  Forestry and State Lands are trying to secure a multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) to allow an increase in timber harvest levels on the forest, while protecting threatened and endangered species' habitat.
Because it appears the HCP as drafted will not be approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the board is considering alternative management options, including:
  • Retain 1995 owl HCP and take avoidance for murrelet (this is the current management).
  • Suspend work on revised HCP, develop new plan using take avoidance, and terminate 1995 HCP.
  • Continue managing under 1995 HCP and revised HCP until revision process is successfully concluded.
  • Sell the Elliott State Forest.
Twelve invited panelists, representing a wide variety of viewpoints, provided information to the Land Board. The panelists were from environmental organizations, logging interests, government agencies, the education community and the Coquille tribe.
The board is scheduled to make a decision about the future management of the Elliott State Forest at their Feb. 9, 2010 meeting.

Oregon Department of Forestry Overview - Jim Young, Coos District Forester
Federal Agencies
Kim Kratz, National Marine Fisheries Services
Paul Henson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Conservation Panel
Mary Scurlock, Pacific Rivers Council (4.51MB)
Francis Eatherington, Umpqua Watersheds, Inc. 
Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity 
Industry Panel
Bob Ragon, Douglas Timber Operators 
Jim Dudley, Roseburg Forest Products
Tim Vredenburg, Coquille Indian Tribe
Susan Morgan, Douglas County Commissioner 
Chuck Bennett, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
John Charles and Eric Fruits, Cascade Policy Institute 
Jon Souder, Coos Watershed Association