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Proposed Land Exchange

Public Comment Period on Draft Environmental Assessment Open June 30—July 31, 2017

The Mt. Hood National Forest has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the land exchange. The purpose of this document is to describe effects of the land exchange on the environment and to comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. The draft EA is available for public review and comment for 30 days starting on June 30, 2017.

To access the document and to comment, please go to the Mt. Hood National Forest website.

In February 2010, the City of Portland and the Mt. Hood National Forest agreed to pursue a land exchange. This proposed exchange would convey approximately 2,890 acres of National Forest System land to the City of Portland in exchange for approximately 2,440 acres of City-owned lands within the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit.

The purpose of the land exchange is to create a better alignment of land ownership responsibilities with the respective missions of the agencies. The proposed exchange would consolidate City holdings to lands surrounding the two water supply reservoirs and associated infrastructure. The USDA Forest Service would acquire forested uplands that are valuable for natural resource protection and ecosystem management.

The initial public scoping period for the land exchange process ended on September 30, 2010. The public comment period for the 2015 Amended Agreement to Initiate ended on March 25, 2016. The expected date for the final decision on the exchange is not yet known. Go to the Mt. Hood National Forest website for more information.

Maps demonstrating current land ownership and after the proposed land exchange are available.

For more information, contact Terry Black at (503) 823-1168.