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State Land Board Meeting Summary - Feb. 9, 2010
Consent Agenda
The board approved the consent agenda:
  1. Request for approval of the minutes of the December 8, 2009 State Land Board meeting.
  2. Request for approval to initiate review and determination of the sale of 40 acres of land in Klamath County.
  3. Request for approval to pre-session file legislative concepts for the 2011 Legislative Session.

Action Agenda
Mid-Columbia Steelhead Recovery Plan: Sue Knapp from the Governor’s Office presented an overview of the bi-state plan, which covers steelhead populations in Fifteenmile Creek, and in the Deschutes, John Day, Umatilla and Walla Walla rivers in Oregon. 
 
The board endorsed the following DSL actions regarding the plan: 
  1. Continue to administer and enforce the Oregon Removal-Fill Law and the Wetlands Conservation Program by working with landowners/applicants to design projects that avoid and minimize impacts to wetlands and other waters of the state.
  2. Continue efforts to streamline the Removal-Fill permit process, specifically for fish habitat enhancement and wetland restoration projects.
  3. Where restoration projects are identified in the Mid-C Recovery Plan, DSL will facilitate efforts to implement the management action.
  4. Continue to provide education, outreach and technical assistance to landowners and organizations interested in voluntary wetland restoration, creation or enhancement projects as part of the Voluntary Restoration Initiative.
  5. Where priority areas are identified for protection and management in this recovery plan, DSL will support efforts by requiring appropriate avoidance and minimization of impacts to waters of the state. Priority action areas represent those habitats where management actions will yield the greatest benefit towards improving the viability of the populations. Where compensatory mitigation is required, DSL will explore opportunities to target compensatory mitigation towards areas with high intrinsic potential for salmon and/or have been identified as priority areas for restoration in watershed assessments and/or this recovery plan.
Elliott State Forest Management:  State Forester Marvin Brown provided a summary of the planning efforts to date for the forest, and presented the staff recommendation for moving forward over the next two years. The board approved the recommendation, which includes four components:
  • In collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Oregon Department of State Lands and the Oregon Department of Forestry will initiate an independent scientific review of aquatic/riparian management strategies to help resolve differing viewpoints on protecting streams and aquatic habitat.
  • Set a Dec. 31, 2011, deadline for completing approval of a revised Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that is acceptable to the Oregon Department of Forestry, Department of State Lands, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NMFS. If a new plan is not approved by this date, the 1995 HCP will be terminated and a take avoidance strategy will be implemented to protect threatened and endangered (T&E) species on the forest.
  • Concurrent with the above, develop a revised Forest Management Plan that would use take avoidance for management of T&E species on the Elliott, and have the revised plan in place by Dec. 31, 2011, if a new HCP is not approved.
  • Concurrent with the above work, develop a sound understanding of carbon market opportunities for the Elliott State Forest. The overall goal is to achieve a 3-5 percent return on the forest’s value, in conjunction with the preferred management strategy determined by Dec. 31, 2011.

Informational Agenda
Carbon Marketplace:  A five-member panel presented information on the carbon credit market, especially as it relates to the Elliott State Forest and forestland in general. The speakers included:
Hal Salwasser, Dean, College of Forestry, Oregon State University
Ben Vitale, President, Oregon Climate Trust 
Evan Smith, Vice-president, Forestland Acquisition and Finance, The Conservation Fund
Wolfgang Ortloff, Director of Environmental Asset Management, Equator, LLC
John Potter, Deputy Director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Estates Program Annual Report: DSL Fiscal Manager and Estates Administrator Pamela Konstantopoulos updated the board on FY 2009 activities in the Estates Program. Overall, the number of estates handled and the revenue received from the sale of estate assets was down compared to the previous year. Pamela expects 2010 numbers to be up.
 
Estates Program Report