Category Archives: Dept. of State Lands

State on track to keep Elliott State Forest publicly owned

The Department of State Lands told the State Land Board on Tuesday that it is moving forward to establish a public solution for the Elliott State Forest. State Land Board members are Gov. Kate Brown, State Treasurer Tobias Read and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. “We’re on track with the projected timeline for the two […]
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Rep. Richard Vial opts not to rock boat after uproar

Legislator amends bill targeting Wilsonville section of the Willamette aiming to protect river banks from excessive wakes While City of Wilsonville staff and a few concerned citizens scatter across the council chambers at the typical City Hall meeting, most seats sit unoccupied. Source: Rep. Richard Vial opts not to rock boat after uproar

Vicki Walker gets temporary top job at Oregon Department of State Lands

Vicki Walker, a former longtime state lawmaker from Eugene, was appointed interim director of the Oregon Department of State Lands on Tuesday. Walker, a Eugene resident, was the unanimous choice of Gov. Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and state Treasurer Tobias Read — the three members of the State Land Board — from […]
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18,000 acres of wetlands removed from Linn inventory

With the stroke of a computer key, more than 18,000 acres that have long been considered wetlands in east Linn County are no more. Oh, the 1,000 tax lots are still there, but their wetlands designation has vanished, according to Steve Barnett, director of Linn County Geographic Information System. The properties amount to about one-third […]
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Ruling could come this month on challenges to Springfield’s proposed urban growth boundary expansion

The city sees opportunity in opening up land for business development An Oregon panel is expected to decide this month if the city’s long-planned urban growth boundary expansion can move forward. The state Land Conservation and Development Commission is scheduled to hear challenges on Nov. 16 by two businesses and a nonprofit conservation group that […]
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State works toward public option for Elliott State Forest

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) has been working to find a way to keep the 82,500 acres of the Elliott State Forest publicly owned while allowing the state to send revenue to the Common School Fund. Tuesday morning, DSL Director Jim Paul updated the State Land Board members, Gov. Kate Brown, Secretary of […]
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Unclaimed income tax refunds available in state fund

More than 7,000 Oregon taxpayers have almost $1.7 million worth of tax refund checks that are now expired — but there is still a way to claim the money. The window to reissue expired checks closed on Friday, but the money will be held in reserve in the Unclaimed Property Program administered by the Department […]
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Wallowa River restoration plan would boost fish habitat, prevent erosion

Million-dollar project could begin next fall. Around the time the invasion of two-legged visitors to Wallowa County begin leaving, a red legless species arrived. Kokanee salmon have been spawning in the Wallowa River for several weeks in large numbers. Their presence could grow significantly with the implementation of the Upper Wallowa Restoration project. Increasing the […]
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Farmer’s story is cautionary tale for work near streams and wetlands – Opinion

With big fines attached to missteps, landowners are advised to seek professional help. The Oregon Department of State Lands wants to fine a farmer $6,000 for alleged violation of state fill-removal laws. The potential fine seems excessive, particularly to the actual harm — or, more accurately, the lack thereof. But rather a story about fines […]
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Oregon farmer faces penalty for planting project

An An Oregon farmer faces a $6,000 penalty for planting willows into materials he placed next to a stream, which state regulators allege violated fill-removal laws. Kelly Sampson, who grows hay and nursery stock on 80 acres near Canby, Ore., said he put hay bales onto rocks next to the creek to retain moisture for […]
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