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Secretary of State Dennis Richardson; Liz Redon, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; Eric Wold, Jason Nuchols and Melissa Olson, The Nature Conservancy; Governor Kate Brown; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Jill Ory, NOAA Restoration Center; Andrew Dutterer,
Secretary of State Dennis Richardson; Liz Redon, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; Eric Wold, Jason Nuchols and Melissa Olson, The Nature Conservancy; Governor Kate Brown; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Jill Ory, NOAA Restoration Center; Andrew Dutterer,
Willamette Confluence Project receives State Land Board Award (Photo) - 06/12/18

Project in Eugene-Springfield area restored 630 acres of Willamette River floodplain

Salem – At their meeting today, the State Land Board honored representatives of the Willamette Confluence Restoration Project with the 2017 Stream Project Award. The annual awards recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources.

At the beginning of the meeting, Governor Kate Brown provided an overview of the annual awards program, which is now in its 14th year.  

“Recognizing innovative and collaborative projects that improve the health and habitats of streams and wetlands is an important way for the Land Board to thank all those involved in the projects,” Governor Brown said. “We also want to encourage more partnership projects throughout Oregon. To date, the Land Board has presented 31 awards for a wide array of projects in all corners of the state.”

The Willamette Confluence project, spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy, was recognized for multi-year environmental improvements to an area that was historically mined for gravel. In presenting the award, Treasurer Tobias Read, a member of the Land Board, thanked the project partners for their “impressive work since purchasing the restoration property in 2010.” Highlights of the restoration include:

  • The Pudding Ponds project, which created off-channel habitat on 130 acres and included planting 150,000 trees and shrubs (2014)
  • Enhancement of 174 acres and replanting on 64 acres of floodplain forest at the Coast Fork/Turtle Flats area (2016)
  • Restoration at the Lower Middle Fork which enhanced 330 acres and planting on 151 acres of floodplain forest and another 39 acres of prairie (2017)
  • Extensive reuse of materials onsite, including quarry rock and topsoil from old mining operations

“We are really grateful for all the fantastic partners we had on this project. They helped fund the project and contributed volunteer hours to help implement it”, said Jason Nuckols, program manager with The Nature Conservancy. “We couldn’t have completed it without this strong collaboration.”

Partners included NOAA Fisheries, the Meyer Memorial Trust, Bonneville Power Administration, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey, Portland General Electric, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and private contributors. About 250 volunteers from the Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah participated in 15 work parties, contributing more than 2600 hours of work.

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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L to R: Richard Litts, Fred Larsen, TLBP; Secretary of State Dennis Richardson; Governor Kate Brown; State Treasurer Tobias Read; and Mike Mader, TLBP
L to R: Richard Litts, Fred Larsen, TLBP; Secretary of State Dennis Richardson; Governor Kate Brown; State Treasurer Tobias Read; and Mike Mader, TLBP
Tenmile Lakes nonprofit receives State Land Board Award (Photo) - 06/12/18

Partnership Award honors group’s assistance, coordination efforts

June 12, 2018                                                                                                                         

Salem – At their meeting today, the State Land Board honored the Tenmile Lakes Basin Partnership for their efforts in working with the Department of State Lands (DSL) over the past two decades. The Land Board’s Partnership Award recognizes organizations for consistently providing outstanding levels of service to the department and setting a good example for other partners.

At the beginning of the meeting, Governor Kate Brown provided an overview of the annual awards program, which is now in its 14th year.  

“Recognizing innovative and collaborative projects that improve the health and habitats of streams and wetlands is an important way for the Land Board to thank all those involved in the projects,” Governor Brown said. “We also want to encourage more partnership projects throughout Oregon. To date, the Land Board has presented 31 awards for a wide array of projects in all corners of the state.”

In presenting the award, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, a member of the Land Board, said the Partnership has been “a major contributor to improving the health of the Tenmile Lakes watershed.” He also praised them for their efforts to facilitate interactions between DSL staff and local groups on a variety of issues and projects.

The Partnership’s mainstay projects are culvert removals and bridge projects to improve fish passage. They also have spearheaded activities that support the department’s work in issuing removal-fill permits; in managing the state-owned beds and banks of the lakes; and in coordinating restoration projects in the Elliott State Forest.

“We are dedicated to bringing together many partner organizations to work on improving the health of the entire Tenmile Lakes Basin,” said Fred Larsen, chair of the partnership. “We’ve been happy to serve as DSL’s eyes and ears on the ground for many years.”

In addition to DSL, local landowners, businesses, a homeowners association, tribes, government agencies and other natural resource nonprofits all benefit from the work of the Tenmile Lakes Basin Partnership. 

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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State extends public comment period on proposed overnight closure on Willamette River - 06/06/18

Portland – The Department of State Lands (DSL) is extending the public comment period for 30 days, starting June 6 and ending July 5, 2018, for a proposed closure to overnight camping on state-owned property on the Willamette River. The parcel is located on the west bank of the Willamette River at approximately river mile 13.75 (1S1E10 Tax lot 300) and is currently leased to ZRZ Realty Co. (Zidell) for a waterway remediation project. The closure would be for five years.

The DSL director has authority to impose restrictions on and close state-owned land if it is determined that the action is necessary to facilitate or protect a remedial action pursuant to a Department of Environmental Quality order (OAR 141-088).

By the original end date of the public comment period (June 1), the agency had received 87 comments, with 86 in favor of the proposed closure. As the DSL director prepared to issue a decision, the agency became aware that some constituencies had been overlooked in the noticing. Therefore, the public has an additional 30 days to provide comment.

DSL expects to make a decision in early July. Closure would not be in effect until at least four weeks after a decision is made, in order to inform the public.

The closure would be limited to the state-owned land above the line of ordinary low water, and does not include the submersible land (under water) of the leasehold. Day use would be permitted on the site, and the five-year term will provide Zidell and DSL adequate time to assess the outcomes of the closure.

Interested parties should submit comments about the proposed closure to:

Justin Russell

Department of State Lands

775 Summer St. NE

Salem, OR 97301-1279

ussell@state.or.us">justin.russell@state.or.us; 503-986-5219 (Salem)  

Comments must be received by the July 5 deadline.

A map of the area is on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Documents/Zidell_Map.pdf 

 

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

 

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Land Board to consider State Lands 2019-21 budget, Forestry management costs and Common School Fund investments at June 12 meeting - 06/05/18

Annual Land Board Awards also will be presented

Salem – At the beginning of the June 12 State Land Board public meeting, two awards will be presented for exceptional projects in Eugene/Springfield and Coos/Douglas counties:

Stream Project Award: Willamette Confluence Restoration Project, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy

Partnership Award: Tenmile Lakes Basin Partnership, Coos and Douglas counties

The meeting agenda includes requests for board approval for:

  1. A direct sale of 63.1 acres of subsurface minerals and geothermal rights in Marion County
  2. The Oregon Department of Forestry 2019-21 budget request for managing scattered Common School Fund forestlands
  3. An updated Annual Report on Common School Fund investments and distributions to schools
  4. A request to approve the Department of State Lands’ proposed 2019-21 budget request

The meeting will be held:

June 12, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Department of State Lands

Land Board Room

775 Summer St. NE, Salem

This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities.  If you need assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability, please notify Arin Smith at (503) 986-5224 or in.n.smith@state.or.us">arin.n.smith@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

To live stream the meeting, go to the State Lands YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQA7FHTWwl-gjJkQeYPJ1IA

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Board/Documents/slb_june2018_packet.pdf

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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