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State Land Board to meet April 9 in Salem - 04/02/24

Agenda items include decertification of Klamath forestlands, sale of the Stevens Road Tract in Bend, and establishment of an Elliott State Research Forest oversight structure

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board will meet on Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. at the Department of State Lands building in Salem.
 

Agenda items the Land Board will consider include:   

  • Authorize due diligence for a potential purchase of 113 acres of forestland from Coos County by the South Slough Reserve.
    The two parcels of forestlands offer high conservation value and the Reserve is seeking grant funding to acquire the land, protect those resources, and expand the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
     
  • Initiate rulemaking on the management and issuance of leases, licenses, and registrations for uses of state-owned submerged and submersible land and the structures built on them.
    The Department seeks to simplify how lease rates are calculated, adjust the application fees to ensure they are equitable as well as cover administrative costs, amend financial assurance requirements, and clarify the initial term of a lease.
     
  • Sell the remaining 261 acres of the Stevens Road Tract through a brokered transaction to expand the urban growth boundary of the City of Bend.
    The Department has partnered with the City of Bend on the implementation of House Bill 3318 which established a process for the incorporation of the Stevens Road Tract into the City of Bend’s urban growth boundary for the eventual development of a “complete community” including deed-restricted affordable, workforce, and market-rate housing, as well as parks and areas for mixed and commercial uses.
     
  • Decertify the remaining 1,920 acres of the Sun Pass tract within the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Klamath district.
    The second of a two-phase decertification process, the Department seeks to take over land management from ODF, reducing overall costs to the Common School Fund in managing the low-producing forests.
     
  • Establish an oversight structure for the Elliott State Research Forest.
    The oversight structure, which includes a Board of Directors, seeks to ensure public accountability and transparency in Land Board and Department administration. If approved, appointments to a board would occur at a subsequent Land Board meeting.
     

The Land Board will also hear other updates regarding the Elliott State Research Forest, as well as the Department’s new Abandoned and Derelict Vessel program.

 

Meeting Details and Agenda 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 10 a.m. 
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

The full meeting agenda and materials are available on the DSL website. The meeting will be livestreamed to the DSL YouTube channel

The public may submit written testimony or sign up to provide spoken testimony (in person, by video, or phone) during the meeting. Advanced sign-up is required, and the deadline is 10 a.m. on Monday, April 8.

If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please contact Arin Smith at 503-986-5224 or arin.n.smith@dsl.oregon.gov at least two working days prior to the meeting. 

Visitors are not permitted to bring backpacks, bags, or large purses into the Department of State Lands building prior to, during, or following Land Board meetings. Purses, medical bags, and diaper bags are permitted, but may be subject to inspection by the Oregon State Police.

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Tina Kotek, Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade, and State Treasurer Tobias Read. Established by the Oregon Constitution in 1859, the Land Board oversees the state’s Common School Fund. The Department of State Lands is the Land Board’s administrative agency, managing the lands and resources that help fund Oregon’s public schools and protecting the state’s waterways and wetlands for the many benefits they provide.

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Record $74.2 million going to Oregon public schools from the Common School Fund in 2024 - 03/20/24

Fund that’s supported education since statehood sends highest-ever amount to schools

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s K-12 public schools will receive a record $74.2 million from the Common School Fund in 2024, state officials announced today. 

Every one of Oregon’s 197 public school districts receives money from the Common School Fund every year. How much each district receives depends on the number of students served. 

The average 2024 distribution is approximately $376,000. Astoria School District will receive about $230,000. Bend La-Pine Schools will receive $2.3 million. Klamath Falls City Schools will receive nearly $344,000. See how much every Oregon school district will receive from the Common School Fund in 2024.  

Portland Public Schools, serving the most students in the state, will receive $6.4 million this year.

“The Common School Fund consistently contributes critical funding for Oregon classrooms," said Michael Hisler, teacher at Roosevelt High School in North Portland. “Every district gets those dollars, which can be used to support specific needs of my students as well as students across the state." 

The Common School Fund has supported Oregon schools since statehood, when the federal government granted our new state nearly 3.4 million acres "for the use of schools." The State Land Board was established to oversee these school lands, which generate revenue for the Fund.

Now valued at $2.3 billion, the Common School Fund is invested by the State Treasurer and the Oregon Investment Council. The Fund earned an average 5.4 percent rate of return over the three-year period ending in December 2023. 

“We’re incredibly pleased with the Common School Fund’s performance in recent years under Treasury’s management. These sustained returns will allow us to send a record-setting amount to Oregon public schools," said State Treasurer Tobias Read. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on students across the state, from increased resources in the classroom to facility improvements."

Annually, 3.5 percent of the Fund is distributed to schools. The 2024 distribution of $74.2 million, the highest-ever distribution, is $2 million more than the 2023 distribution of $72.2 million and $10 million more than the 2022 distribution of $64.2 million. 

Today, approximately 681,000 acres of school lands in all 36 Oregon counties are managed by the Department of State Lands on behalf of the State Land Board. Ranchers and farmers, local governments, Tribes, businesses, and more work with DSL to lease and buy lands, plan for future community needs, and keep lands healthy. 

“Since 1859, Oregon students have counted on school lands and the Common School Fund as a reliable revenue source," said DSL Director Vicki L. Walker. “DSL’s hardworking land management team is incredibly innovative and effective in protecting that legacy."

DSL is currently seeking public input on the plan that will guide management of school lands for the next 10 years. The comment period is open through April 3, 2024.


About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Tina Kotek, Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade and State Treasurer Tobias Read. Established by the Oregon Constitution in 1859, the Land Board oversees the state’s Common School Fund. The Department of State Lands is the Land Board’s administrative agency, managing the lands that help fund Oregon’s public schools and protecting waterways and wetlands for their many benefits. 

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Audio: Ali Ryan Hansen [Al-ee Rye-un Han-sun] Department of State Lands Communications Director, speaking about the 2024 Common School Fund distribution. Download the m4a file