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Old 01-27-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Elliott State Forest Updates

In December 2014 after extensive analysis and public input, the State Land Board asked the Department of State Lands (DSL) to conduct further work on three possible future scenarios for the Elliott:
· Decouple timber harvest on the Elliott from school funding by soliciting proposals for a new owner(s) of the forest;
· Request proposals to minimize management costs of the forest if it continues to be owned by the Common School Fund;
· Continue discussions with NOAA Fisheries until the end of April 2015 to see if a viable path to a Habitat Conservation Plan can be achieved.

While this work is being done, DSL does not anticipate proceeding with the sale of the two remaining Elliott parcels which the State Land Board approved in December 2013. DSL expects to return to the State Land Board later this year to report on the status of the project and receive guidance on next steps. DSL’s intent is to complete full implementation by June 2017.
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March 2015 Update:


· Department of State Lands staff are 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. Transfer by open public auction is not being pursued at this time.


· DSL is interested in and open to any ideas on how best to pursue any of these scenarios.



· DSL will return to the Land Board in June 2015 to report on status of the work on possible paths forward.


· The two remaining parcels in the Elliott approved for sale by the State Land Board in December 2013 are on hold while paths forward are being evaluated.


New Management
· DSL is evaluating potential contract arrangements and constraints for managing the Elliott, including levels and types of indemnification necessary to adequately protect the state’s interests.


Continued ODF Management
· DSL is continuing discussions with ODF and federal agencies (NOAA, USFWS) on a technical conceptual approach to bridge gap in proposed HCP approaches for the Elliott.


· HCP status assessment in early March 2015.
· Leadership meeting is scheduled for late April 2015 to decide status of HCP effort.


Transfer of Ownership



· DSL has provided information to legislators interested in pursuing concept of a trust land transfer (TLT) tool, perhaps similar to the program in Washington state. HB 3474 has been introduced.



· DSL staff is developing ideas to solicit and evaluate ownership proposals for an eventual transfer of some or all of the Elliott to a new owner.


· Staff is working on a land appraisal design to acquire a more precise estimated value for some or all of the Elliott.


· The DSL website will be updated regularly.
· Meetings with stakeholder groups will be scheduled as needed and requested.


Contacts:
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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Old 04-10-2015, 01:19 PM   #3
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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:
RFI 141-1009-15
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.
Current Status
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.

Contacts
· 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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