The G & N Land Exchange cleared another hurdle Wednesday when the Oregon Board of Forestry gave it the green light, but the swap must be approved by the State Land Board so that mineral rights can be included in the trade.

While there is nothing unique about the mineral make up the parcels to be exchanged, the Oregon Department of Forestry prefers trades to include the mineral rights to avoid complications in the future. It could take a few months for the trade to move to the top of the land board's agenda, an Oregon Department of Forestry spokeswoman said.

In the meantime, the forestry board's decision is open to appeal. People who feel the trade would adversely affect them have until Sept. 24 to request a hearing. Hearing petitions must include a copy of testimony given at a previous public hearing and a statement describing how the trade would adversely effect the aggrieved party.

Petitions must be sent to State Forester Jim Brown, 2600 State St., Salem, OR, 97310.

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