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Oregon's newest state park could cover more than 6,000 acres of Grant County forest and rangeland in Eastern Oregon.

The Blue Mountain Eagle reports that it's part of a proposed three-way land exchange that also involves a state natural area and property in coastal Lincoln County.

Under the plan, the state would transfer about 280 acres of Bandon State Natural Area to Bandon Biota, a corporation owned by a golf course developer. They want to build a 27-hole course there.

In exchange, Bandon Biota would also pay almost $3 million to help the state buy the oceanfront Whale Cove property in Lincoln County and the 6,100 acres of forest, prairie and riparian land in Grant County.

The Blue Mountain Eagle newspaper reports that Grant County officials are wary of the deal.

They are worried about the eroding tax base in their county, which is already 70 percent public lands.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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