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Mt. Hood National Forest Publishes Decision Notice on Proposed Land Exchange

The City and the Mt. Hood Forest are proposing a land-for-land exchange that would convey approximately 2,890 acres of National Forest System land to the City of Portland in exchange for approximately 2,200 acres of City-owned lands, all within the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit. The Forest Service has published a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact.  Go to the Mt. Hood National Forest website for more information.

The proposed land exchange would consolidate City ownership to lands surrounding the two water supply reservoirs and associated water infrastructure. The USDA Forest Service would acquire forested uplands that the City purchased from private landowners in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The acres of City land offered have been adjusted, based on a professional land appraisal, to equalize the financial value of the properties proposed for exchange.

The City of Portland and the Mt. Hood National Forest agreed in February 2010 to pursue a land exchange. 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 (a document that contained additional details about the exchange) ended on March 25, 2016. The draft NEPA document (Preliminary Assessment) was made available for public review in July 2017. The expected date for a final decision to proceed to complete the exchange is not yet known.

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

For more information, contact Sara Petrocine at (503) 823-7629.