Re: Elliott State Forest Updates
Elliott State Forest April 2015 SUPPLEMENTARY Update
Additional developments have occurred since the recent April 2015 update. Please see below:
1. A Request for Information (RFI) has been released for Ownership Transfer Proposals that could become the basis for a future Request for Proposals (RFP) if the State Land Board decides to proceed in this direction. The responses to this RFI will help inform the Department and the State Land Board on the feasibility of transferring the ownership of all or part of the Elliott as described as Option #3 in the report presented to the Board in December 2014.
If you would like to have input on the process for a Request for Proposals to transfer ownership of the Elliott (with a public ownership component), please respond to this RFI request by May 11, 2015:
Please forward this link to any entity that might be interested in this ownership transfer RFI.
2. New legislation related to the Elliott State Forest has been introduced this week: HB 3533 seeks to amend State Forest law and clarify the constitutional authority of the State Land Board regarding the disposition of Common School trust lands.
The Department of State Lands (DSL) staff continues working on three potential paths forward for the Elliott as directed by the State Land Board at their December 2014 meeting: (1) New Management; (2) Continued Management by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) under a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP); and (3) Transfer of Ownership. Open public auction is not being pursued at this time, but remains an additional option depending on the end result of work on these three paths. See the Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project web page for other information on the status and history of DSL’s work on these three potential paths forward.
DSL will provide the Land Board with a status report and possibly recommendations at their June 9, 2015 public meeting in Salem.
· John Potter: 503-569-8979; [email protected]
· Stephanie Cummins: 503-428-4773; [email protected]
· Julie Curtis: 503-510-6860; [email protected]
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