Land Board to hear Elliott State Forest report at October 16 meeting
SALEM, Ore. – A report on stakeholder perspectives regarding the Elliott State Forest will be presented to the State Land Board on Oct. 16 as part of ongoing work to keep the forest publicly owned.
Oregon Consensus conducted more than 45 interviews with tribes and stakeholders representing key interests associated with the Elliott State Forest to gather perspectives on decoupling the forest from the Common School Fund. Decoupling would release the forest from its revenue obligations to the school fund, and could include transfer of the forest to a different public owner. The Oregon Consensus report summarizes what was heard and includes discussion of key themes, issues, and considerations for successful decoupling.
The stakeholder interviews and resulting report are part of the overall effort toward decoupling. The Land Board in 2017 voted to keep the forest in public ownership and directed the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) to identify options for decoupling. DSL engaged Oregon Consensus, a program of the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University, as an objective party to independently interview stakeholders and provide a summary of its findings, the Dept. of State Lands said.
During the meeting, DSL will also ask the Board to consider approving new rules for easements on state-owned lands and the sale of .4 acres in Coos County. Additional items include updates on the DSL trust property program and a Request for Information on forest management services.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Department of State Lands - Land Board Room, located at 775 Summer St. NE, in 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, notify Arin Smith at (503) 986-5224 or email@example.com at least two working days prior to the meeting.
About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands:
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.