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State Land Board to meet February 7 in Salem - 02/01/23

Agenda items include initiating rulemaking for use restrictions at Crump Lake to protect cultural resources and annual reports on management of school lands and forests

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board will meet on Tuesday, February 7 at 10 a.m. at the Department of State Lands building in Salem.

Agenda items the Land Board will consider include:   

  • Easement in city of Prineville to expand the water system to meet community needs. The city of Prineville applied for a permanent easement on school lands to maintain the access road, waterline, and water holding tanks to expand its water system to meet the needs of the growing city.
  • Easement to address erosion and safety at Clatskanie River bridge crossing. The Oregon Department of Transportation applied for a permanent easement to reinforce protection against erosion for the US30 Clatskanie River bridge crossing.
  • Easement in Tillamook County to improve native fish passage on Illingsworth Creek. Tillamook County Public Works applied for a permanent easement to replace an undersized culvert across Illingsworth Creek. Part of the Salmon SuperHwy in partnership with Trout Unlimited, this project will replace the culvert with a 46-foot bridge to restore full passage for native fish.
  • Sale of 123 acres of subsurface rights in Yamhill County to advance wildlife habitat conservation project. The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) applied to purchase 123.54 acres of subsurface mineral and geothermal rights located east of the city of Sheridan. The Yamhill SWCD is seeking federal grants to purchase the surface rights, intending to manage the property exclusively for wildlife habitat and conservation. Ownership of subsurface rights is a requirement of the federal grant to ensure the conservation easement.
  • Rulemaking to protect cultural and natural resources at Crump Lake. Frequent droughts have dried up the lakebed of Crump Lake during the summer and increasingly extending into dry years. Since 2014 DSL has received reports from State Police and local Tribes regarding vandalism of and looting of significant cultural artifacts, enabled by the low water conditions which expose the lakebed. DSL Directors have implemented multiple emergency closures of the lake to all public uses during low water conditions, most recently in July of 2022. Those temporary closures have helped to reduce negative impacts. DSL is requesting the Land Board initiate a rulemaking process for consideration of a permanent rule to close the lake during low water conditions as an effective method of protecting natural and cultural resources surrounding property, and the environment around Crump Lake.

The Land Board will also hear annual reports on the Common School Fund audit, the management and performance of school lands, and DSL Strategic Plan progress.

Meeting Details and Agenda 

Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 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 by 10 a.m. on Monday, February 6.

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.

State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Tina Kotek, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan 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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