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Land Board approves modification to potential sale of Elliott State Forest - 02/14/17

Governor asks State Lands staff to consider public ownership option

Salem -- The State Land Board today voted to continue with the Protocol for selling the Common School Lands within the Elliott State Forest. With Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read voting yes, and Governor Kate Brown voting no, the board approved a motion put forth by Treasurer Read:

- Continue working with Lone Rock Timber Management Company and their tribal partners (Elliott Forest LLC) on developing a purchase and sale agreement for 82,500 acres within the Elliott under the Protocol.

- Amend the Protocol to include: 1) a provision whereby the state may buy back up to $25 million worth of acreage devoted to conservation; 2) incorporate Forest Stewardship Council principles into the agreement; and 3) give rights of first refusal to the five federally recognized tribes in western Oregon on any lands that are put up for sale after the transfer to Elliott Forest LLC.

At the end of the meeting, Governor Brown directed Department of State Lands director Jim Paul to investigate public ownership options for the forest, and report back to the Land Board at a future public meeting.


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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Property transactions, Elliott Property Ownership Transfer update on State Land Board meeting agenda - 02/07/17

Salem -- The State Land Board will be asked to approve actions regarding three submerged and submersible state-owned land transactions at their public meeting on Feb. 14:

- Initiating due diligence on the potential sale of approximately 40 acres of filled land in Multnomah County
- A 20-year easement for a fiber-optic telecommunication cable in the Territorial Sea in Tillamook County
- A quitclaim for approximately 1.54 acres of submerged and submersible land in Multnomah County

The Elliott Property Ownership Transfer will be an informational item on the meeting agenda. Department of State Lands staff will update the Land Board on the status of discussions with the sole proposers of the acquisition plan for the Common School Lands within the Elliott State Forest: Lone Rock Timber Management Company as the lead participant, with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.

This information item will also provide an opportunity for the presentation of possible alternative proposals, if and as requested by the Land Board. Public testimony is generally not accepted for information items, unless a specific exception is made by the Board.


The meeting will be held:

February 14, 2017
10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

The meeting is in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Meeting agenda and materials: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Board/Documents/slb_feb2017_pkt.pdf

Public Testimony - The State Land Board places great value on information received from the public. The Board accepts both oral and written comments on consent and action agenda items only.

When providing testimony, please:
* Provide written summaries of lengthy, detailed information
* Recognize that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony or written information
* Endorse rather than repeat the testimony of others

Written comments may be submitted before or during the meeting for consideration by the Board. Please bring 10 copies for distribution. To speak at the meeting, you must sign in on the sheet provided at the information table located near the meeting room's entrance. The standard time limit is three minutes for each individual. The Board cannot accept testimony on a topic for which a public hearing has been held and the comment period has closed.


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.