OAR 141-067-0155


Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 5(2) of the Oregon Constitution, the State Land Board has a constitutional responsibility to manage all land (Trust and Non-Trust) under its jurisdiction “with the object of obtaining the greatest benefit for the people of this state, consistent with the conservation of this resource under sound techniques of land management.”


In order to achieve the constitutional mandate described above and to maximize the financial return to the Common School Fund from Trust Lands, the Department will seek to obtain the full fair market value for any land or interests in land sold or exchanged.


Trust Lands will be sold or exchanged in a manner that complies with state law while ensuring absolute adherence to both constitutional and Admission Act trust responsibilities as determined by the State Land Board and subject to review by the courts.


The Department will follow the guiding principles and resource-specific management prescriptions contained in the Asset Management Plan.


In order to carry out the directives of the Asset Management Plan the Department may initiate efforts, subject to approval of the State Land Board, to purchase, sell or exchange Trust and/or Non-Trust Lands.


Any Trust Land or interest in Trust Land may be exchanged for other land or interest in land, of equal or superior value. The newly acquired land or interest in land shall become Trust Land.


The Director may, with State Land Board approval, purchase, sell or exchange lands in any such size, configuration or class (e.g. forest, agriculture, commercial).


The State Forester may initiate and process land exchanges involving Common School Forest Lands under its management as allowed in the management agreement between State Land Board, the Department of State Lands and the State Forester. Such land exchanges require the approval of the State Land Board.


Qualified persons and agencies may apply to purchase or exchange state land or interests in state land at any time. An application fee, as required by these rules, shall be included with each application. The Department reserves the right to accept or reject any application as well as to prioritize land sale and exchange projects according to available agency funds and income potential.


The Department will not sell or exchange state-owned submerged land except to facilitate remedial action conducted pursuant to a plan approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and with DEQ or EPA oversight. In instances when the Department chooses to sell or exchange submerged lands under circumstances as stated in these rules, such transaction shall occur only upon a finding that the transaction will provide a net gain in public trust values to the people of Oregon when viewed alone or in conjunction with other nearby or related sites. The State Land Board must approve all sales or exchanges of state-owned submerged land.


The Department recognizes that uncertainty exists as to the extent of the State’s ownership of some formerly submerged and submersible lands. Actions to determine and assert the State’s interest, if any, in formerly sub-merged and submersible land should be done in a prompt and orderly manner and as funding allows. The State Land Board authorizes the Department to negotiate settlements in lieu of litigation, when and where appropriate, with regard to the ownership of formerly submerged and submersible lands.


The Department may exchange or sell submersible lands subject to the approval of the State Land Board, based on its finding that the proposed transaction will accrue a net gain of public trust values to the people of Oregon when viewed alone or in conjunction with other nearby or related lands within the control of the applicant.


The State Land Board authorizes the Director or designee to issue such certificates of sale, deeds or conveyances as are necessary to carry out the land transactions approved by the State Land Board in conformance with these rules. Such instruments shall include, but not be limited to bargain and sale, limited warranty and quitclaim deeds, and be drawn in a manner to transfer any and all rights and interests to the buyer/exchange partner that the Department may hold or has agreed to convey.


Land or interest in land sold to another state agency or political subdivision under the provisions of ORS 270.100 (Notice to department before sale of real property) shall be used for public purpose or benefit, and not be sold for resale to a private purchaser. Restrictions to further this policy shall be included in the deed and be enforceable through such terms as, but not limited to, reversionary clauses.


The State Land Board shall recognize and adhere to all terms and conditions of valid existing leases and easements as they affect proposed land sales or exchanges.


The State Land Board shall retain all mineral and geothermal resource rights (as defined) except as allowed under OAR 141-067-0320 (Procedures for the Sale, Exchange or Release and Transfer of Mineral and Geothermal Resources).


The Department will seek certification of these rules by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) as permitted under OAR 125-045-0210 (Alternative Rules for Acquisition and Terminal Disposition by State Agencies). These rules are intended to carry out land transactions in a manner consistent with DAS rules for the Disposition and Acquisition of Real Property Interests (OAR 125-045).


DAS approval is not required for:


Sale of Non-Trust Land (except those lands sold at less than the appraised value);


Sale of Trust Land;


Any land exchange;


Any release, sale or exchange of mineral and geothermal resource rights.
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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