JOHN DAY - Grant County and Malheur County courts along with Oregon Livestock Producers Association announced that they will sponsor a property rights workshop emphasizing RS2477 road, access and water rights presented by Angus McIntosh, Extension range management and public policy specialist at New Mexico State University on April 24 in Ontario and April 25 in John Day.

This workshop will be an extension of the Hage property-right seminars held in Oregon earlier this year.

In the daylong event, McIntosh will discuss county jurisdiction of RS2477 rights-of-ways to the protection of property rights. The historical origins of partial interest property rights owned by western ranchers and the specific statutes and court decisions that support those rights as well as the steps necessary to identify specific partial interest property rights owned by individuals or counties and how to establish a public record of those interests will also be discussed; and how to put a dollar value on those rights.

In dealing with the steps necessary for individuals or counties to identify and establish a public record of partial interest property rights specific to ranching operation or to the county's partial interest property rights, maps will be required. Attendees are encouraged to bring maps of their allotments.

The Ontario workshop will be held at the Sizzler Restaurant beginning at 12:30 p.m. with registration, and ending at 5 p.m. with a no-host dinner. The John Day workshop will be held at the John Day Senior Center beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m. with a no-host dinner. Preregistration is requested. For more information, contact Mike Smith, president of Oregon Livestock Producers Association at 820-4483 or Margene Eiguren at (541) 586-2423.

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