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 2,800 acres of National Forest System land to the City of Portland in exchange for approximately 2,500 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 expected date for the final decision on the exchange is not yet known.
Maps demonstrating current land ownership and after the proposed land exchange are available.
For more information, contact Terry Black at (503) 823-1168.
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