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Land Board honors recipients of natural resource stewardship awards - 06/18/19

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Ken Armstrong, Communications Manager, 503-881-2623, ken.w.armstrong@dsl.state.or.us                       

June 18, 2019

Land Board honors recipients of natural resource stewardship awards

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board last week presented awards to two recipients of the 15th-Annual State Land Board Awards at its regular meeting in Salem June 11. The awards recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources.


The Land Board, comprised of the Governor, the State Treasurer and the Secretary of State, presented its Wetland Award to Cavender Wetland Enhancement, a Grant County partnership that worked to protect a 9.7-acre wetland in Monument. The partnership included property owner Jack and Judy Cavender, the Monument Soil and Water Conservation District, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs/Bonneville Power Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Land Board also presented its Partnership Award to the Oregon Fishermen’s Cable Committee, Inc. for its submarine cable landing project. For more than 20 years, the OFCC worked – and continues to work – cooperatively with multiple submarine cable system owners on projects to develop and land cable systems on the Oregon coast.

“I am impressed by the levels of creativity, cooperation, and initiative we see from our project partners,” said Governor Kate Brown. “We celebrate our awardees and their positive impact on the state of Oregon and our incredible natural resources.”

Since 2004, the Land Board has given 33 awards to people and organizations across the state for their extraordinary effort, vision, and dedication to Oregon. Award winners have come from all geographic regions: from Northeast Oregon to the Central Coast; large cities to rural communities; and the Willamette Valley to Southern Oregon. Awards have gone to watershed councils, private landowners, a port, small nonprofits, government agencies, large environmental organizations, and law enforcement groups. Honored projects have been supported by an array of partnerships and funding sources.

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State Land Board directs DSL to move forward with permanent use restrictions at Swan Island - 06/18/19

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Ken Armstrong, Communications Manager, 503-881-2623, ken.w.armstrong@dsl.state.or.us                   

June 18, 2019

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon State Land Board last week directed the Oregon Department of State Lands to pursue permanent use restrictions on the easterly banks of the Willamette River at Swan Island within the city of Portland.

The action comes as a result of a request from the Port of Portland that DSL enact restrictions on public use due to illegal and nuisance activity. The port is an upland owner adjacent to state property, which extends to Ordinary High Water. The department and the port have documented illegal and nuisance activities on state-owned lands, and which include:

  • Littering and dumping
  • Reckless burning and open fires
  • Damage to riparian vegetation and wildlife habitat
  • Damage to property.
  • Diminished public safety and recreational opportunities

Immediate temporary restrictions will prohibit all activity between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and will prohibit campsites and campfires at all times on the east bank of the Willamette River between river miles 9 and 10 in Multnomah County. The temporary restrictions go into effect on July 1.

In the meantime, DSL will begin the process of initiating permanent restrictions by convening a Rulemaking Advisory Committee to review and provide input on the proposed rules. A public comment period will be part of that process.

More information on the rulemaking process will be available at: https://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Laws/Pages/Rulemaking.aspx

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