Malheur National Forest

The Malheur National Forest is proposing to sell nine U.S. Forest Service owned houses and associated lots, under the Malheur Residence Pilot Conveyance Project. The project is authorized under Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004, Public Law 108-108. Under this law, the Secretary of Agriculture may convey, by sale or exchange, any and all rights, title, and interest of the United States in, and to, excess buildings and other structures located on National Forest System lands and under the jurisdiction of the Forest Service. The conveyance may include the land on which the building or other structure is located and other such land immediately adjacent to the building or structure, as the Secretary considers necessary.

The nine houses will be sold at not less than fair market value, by either competitive or direct sales, or a combination thereof. An appraisal is being prepared to establish "fair market value" for each property. These values will be considered in establishing a threshold for either a direct or competitive bid sale.

The Forest Service must divest itself of buildings not needed for public service or mission requirements. Proceeds derived from the sale of these houses will be used for maintenance and rehabilitation activities of mission critical facilities. The sale of the houses will also return these properties to the local tax base of the cities of John Day, Prairie City, Burns, and Hines.

One house located in Hines, Ore.: 104 N. Saginaw Avenue, Assessor's Parcel Number: 23S 30E 23AC 7700.

Three houses located in Burns, Ore.: 337 East E. Street, Assessor's Parcel Number: 23S 31E 7DB 1800. 249 S. Diamond Avenue, Assessor's Parcel Number: 23S 31E 18BB 5500. 244 S. Alvord Avenue, Assessor's Parcel Number: 23S 31E 18BB 4100.

Two houses located in John Day, Ore.: 309 NW 5th Street, Accessor's Parcel Number: 13S 31E 23CC 500. 117 Lamford Street, Assessor's Parcel Number: 13S 31E 26BA 11500.

Three houses located in Prairie City, Ore.: 935 Overholt Street; 945 Overholt Street and 118 12th Street.

All three properties are located under Accessor's Parcel Number 13S 33E 11CA 501. In addition, as part of this conveyance project, the Malheur National Forest proposes to resolve a very small encroachment with an adjoining landowner within Tax Lot 501, Prairie City, Ore.

Both written and/or verbal replies will be accepted and considered in the planning and decision process. Please send written responses to Pamela M. Uebler, Lands and Special Uses, Malheur National Forest, P.O. Box 909, John Day, OR, 97845; or fax them to the attention of Pamela Uebler (541) 575-3191 by March 21, 2005.

If you have no comments at this time, but would like to remain involved, please let us know. Or, if you have any questions regarding the scoping process for this project, please feel free to contact Pamela M. Uebler (541) 575-3462, or send your questions to Pam Uebler at

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