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Notice of Land and Water Conservation Fund conversion analysis

May 15, 2017

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is inviting public comment on a proposal to transfer certain federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) requirements from one state park property to another.

The process, known as “conversion,” comes about when land used for recreation as defined under the LWCF is converted to a non-recreational use. This occurred in 2008, when two LWCF grants enabled the construction of a cell phone tower on a 7-acre fenced maintenance yard at Maud Williamson State Recreation Site, 11 miles north of Salem. The cell phone tower converted a portion of the land previously used for maintaining the park to a non-recreational use.

OPRD proposes to transfer the contractual obligations from the conversion area at Maud Williamson to approved replacement property at Arizona Beach State Recreation Area (Arizona Beach) that has been “banked” for such purpose.

Section 6(f)(3) of the LWCF Act requires that protected park land converted to a use other than outdoor recreation be replaced with property that is of at least equal fair market value and equivalent recreation utility. The LWCF also requires an environmental assessment and public comment. This assessment can be found at  http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/docs/DRAFT_MaudWilliamson_EA_050917.pdf .


Questions or comments may be directed to Alice Beals, OPRD, 503-986-0761, or by emailing  oprd.publiccomment@oregon.gov.  Comments will be accepted for 30 days.