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State Land Board Meeting Summary - December 13, 2011
Action Agenda
Grazing rules: The Land Board adopted amendments to the administrative rules governing management and leasing of rangeland forage. The rule amendment changes one data source in the grazing formula that is no longer available. The rest of the formula remains unchanged.
 
Land management actions: The board authorized the department to issue two quitclaim deeds to Merritt Holdings LLC and William D. Pitcher in Benton County relating to changes in the historic channel of the Willamette River; and approved authorizing the creation of new lands in North Bend by Ocean Terminals Company relating to the company's expansion of their dock yard storage area.
 
Initiation of rulemaking: The board approved a request to initiate rulemaking to amend the administrative rules governing public recreational use of state-owned property in response to a request from the Chetco River Watershed Council. The department will go through a formal rulemaking process, including conducting a public hearing and opening a public comment period.
 
Resolution on un-cashed savings bonds: State Treasurer Wheeler brought forth a resolution supporting federal legislation to establish a pilot project to reunite owners of matured, unredeemed U.S. savings bonds with their assets through state unclaimed property programs. All Land Board members signed the resolution.

Consent Agenda
The board approved the consent agenda: 1) approval of the Oct. 11, 2011, meeting minutes; 2) initiating rulemaking to amend administrative rules governing the sale, exchange and purchase of land; 3) release of mineral rights in Washington and Yamhill counties; and 4) approval of one additional site to the Oregon Register of Natural Heritage Resources.

Informational Agenda
Director Louise Solliday provided an overview on rulemaking related to remediation and restoration of state-owned submerged and submersible lands. The department has convened an advisory committee that held their first meeting on Dec. 2, 2011. The committee's goal is to help the department draft rules for public review.
 
The board also received the annual report on land management activities, including a draft update of the Asset Management Plan. The board will be asked to adopt the plan at their February 2012 meeting.

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