The City of Portland and the U.S. Forest Service have been engaged since 2010 in a long term process to explore the exchange of publically owned lands within the Bull Run Watershed. In December 2015, the two parties executed an Amended Agreement to Initiate (ATI) for the purpose of adding 30 acres of City land and 60 acres of Federal land to the proposed exchange. The amendment to the proposed exchange provides an additional opportunity for public comment. The comment period is open until March 25, 2016. Details about how to comment are provided on the USFS webpage.
The amount of land involved in the additions comprises less than 2% of the land area involved in the exchange. The acreage adjustments were made after discovering that the original proposal did not encompass the entire footprint of the City’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license.
The original ATI was authorized in 2010 and states that both the City of Portland and the U.S. Forest Service will work in good faith to negotiate the terms of an exchange. The public will have another opportunity to comment when the environmental analysis is complete, the land has been professionally appraised, and a draft exchange agreement has been prepared.
A map of the parcel additions can be found here.
Purpose of the Exchange:
- Consolidate City land ownership to include the two drinking water storage reservoirs and water system infrastructure
- Reduce transaction costs between USFS and City for water system maintenance
- Modernize the legal arrangements to better serve current needs