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The people of the State of Oregon are also mindful of the problem presented to the Navy in your review of the Navy's request, in August 1959, asking for the transfer of the Boardman Bombing Range from the Air Force to the Navy. Your committee very forcefully brought to the Navy's attention the fact that the bombing range occupied an area that held significant potential as an industrial site upon completion of the John Day Dam, by imposing a qualification to their approval that the Navy would be expected to reconsider the continued use of the range upon completion of the project.

The Navy has demonstrated its need for a bombing range and for that reason the State of Oregon has agreed to provide for their needs in another part of the State by offering lands of equal value to the Navy in exchange for the Boardman property. The State's willingness to meet the Navy's requirements is further demonstrated by the fact that the State of Oregon is willing to underwrite the cost of transferring existing facilities from Boardman to the new site. Enclosures (1), (2), and (3) are offered as evidence of the State's good faith.

Congressional approval of the proposed transfer will permit the orderly economic development of an area of Oregon to its highest and best use and will permit the Navy to meet its operational needs at no additional cost to the Federal Government.

Mr. Chairman, I request that there appear in the hearing record a copy of the resolution adopted by the Oregon State Land Board, which consists of the Governor, secretary of state, and the State treasurer, approving the proposed land transfer. In addition, I request that the resolution adopted by the Oregon State Emergency Board approving the expenditure of State funds with respect to the land transfer be included in the hearing record, together with correspondence between th Governor of Oregon and the Department of the Navy on this matter.

Mr. Chairman, thank you again for this opportunity to appear before your committee.

Senator STENNIS. All right. The material will be admitted into the record by unanimous consent.

Mr. MALLICOAT. Yes, sir.
Senator STENNIS. As well as the other matter attached to it.
(The documents referred to follow :)

ENCLOSURE 1

RESOLUTION Whereas the U.S. Government is the owner of 96,138.55 acres of land located in Morrow County, Oreg., and lying within the vicinity of Boardman, which land is presently being used by the U.S. Navy as a bombing range; and

Whereas it is the desire of the State of Oregon to acquire title to said property for industrial development purposes; and

Whereas the U.S. Government has indicated that it would look favorably upon the exchange of said area with the State of Oregon for a tract of land of approximately the same acreage or land of equal value located in Lake County and lying a short distance southwesterly from Wagontire, Oreg., such Lake

County land to be used for a bombing range or for such other purposes as the Secretary of the Navy may determine; and

Whereas the State of Oregon owns several sections of school land within the area referred to in Lake County; and

Whereas the Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Manage ment, which Department is in charge of the public domain, has indicated that it would grant to the State of Oregon sufficient public domain in the Lake County area to form a block of land sufficient to meet the requirements of the Secretary of the Navy, such land to be exchanged for lands belonging to the State of Oregon and lying within Lake County of equal value:

Now, therefore, the State Land Board of the State of Oregon, having jurisdiction over lands belonging to the State, hereby authorize negotiations leading to a transfer of sufficient public domain to meet the requirements for establishing a bombing area near Wagontire by transferring title to the Department of the Interior to a sufficient amount of State lands lying in Lake County of equal value in exchange for lands lying within the proposed Lake County bombing

area.

OREGON STATE LAND BOARD,
MARK O. HATFIELD, Governor,
HOWELL APPLING, Secretary of State,
HOWARD C. BELTON, State Treasurer.

STATE OF OREGON

OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE STATE LAND BOARD

I, E. T. Pierce, clerk of the State Land Board of the State of Oregon, and custodian of records and seal of such board, do hereby certify that the foregoing copy of a resolution, approved by the State land board on April 5, 1960, and appearing on pages 415 and 416 in book 22, record of minutes of board meetings, has been compared by me with the original resolution on file in this office and is a true and correct copy thereof.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed hereunto the seal of the said board. Done at the capitol, at Salem, Oreg., this sixth day of April 1960.

E. T. PIERCE, Clerk of the State Land Board.

ENCLOSURE 2

STATE OF OREGON,
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,

Salem, April 25, 1960.
Re Op-442E2/nb Ser 1099P44.
Rear Adm. MILES H. HUBBARD,
Director, Logistics Plans Division,
Department of the Navy,
Washington, D.C.

DEAR ADMIRAL HUBBARD: I have delayed answering your letter of March 25 until very specific answers could be given to the conditions regarding the relocation of the Boardman Bombing Range which were outlined in your letter.

I am now in a position to state conclusively that the State of Oregon will underwrite all costs incident to the relocation of the Boardman range. In a recent action, the State emergency board reserved funds necessary to underwrite such costs. It is quite agreeable to the State that the Navy may continue to use the Boardman range until a replacement range is operationally ready.

In turn, we have one condition which we would wish to make a part of the agreement for relocation. At the present time, grazing is permitted on a major portion of the Boardman Bombing Range. In order that there may be no dislocation of our livestock industry, we would request that like permission be granted on any newly established bombing range.

The cooperative attitude which the Navy Department has demonstrated is most sincerely appreciated. Sincerely yours,

MARK O. HATFIELD, Governor.

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY,
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS,

Washington, D.C., March 25, 1960.
Hon. MARK O. HATFIELD,
Governor of Oregon,
Salem, Oreg.

MY DEAR GOVERNOR HATFIELD: At a meeting in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Properties and Installations) on March 24, 1960 with Mr. Mallicoat and Mr. Tarr of your staff, it was felt appropriate that two points regarding the Boardman range and its relocation be resolved between the Navy and your office.

The first point is will the State of Oregon underwrite all costs incident to the relocation of the Boardman range?

The second point is that the Navy will continue to use the Boardman range until a replacement range is in all respects operationally ready.

My office is proceeding with the problem of processing the airspace requirement incident to the relocation of the Boardman range, and I trust that will be resolved shortly.

I well appreciate the urgency of completing the arrangements necessary for the transfer of the Boardman property, and assure you of the complete cooperation of the Navy Department. Sincerely yours,

MILES H. HUBBARD,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy,
Director Logistic Plans Division.

ENCLOSURE 3

EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE STATE EMERGENCY BOARD MEETING HELD IN

THE STATE CAPITAL AT SALEM, OREG., ON APRIL 22, 1960 “A motion by Senator Corbett, seconded by Representative Davis, that the emergency board, acting under the provisions of ORS 291.326 (1) (a), reserve in the appropriation made by section 1, chapter 486, Oregon laws 1959, the sum of $412,600 or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay to the Department of the Navy its cost of providing a complete substitute facility on the lands to be transferred to the Navy Department by the State of Oregon, in exchange for those lands comprising the Boardman Bombing Range in the county of Morrow, to be transferred to the State of Oregon, was, upon rollcall vote, unanimously adopted.”

WALTER J. PEARSON,

Chairman, Emergency Board. Senator STENNIS. We are going to have to answer the quorum call, and we want you to answer two questions when we get back. Are you familiar with and do you approve of the Ullman amendment? Andsomeone representing the Navy—are you familiar with and do you approve the Ullman amendment?

If you will excuse us now, we will go over to the Senate floor to answer the rollcall, vote, and return as quickly as we can, after which we will take up this additional witness I called a while ago.

(Short recess.) Senator STENNIS. All right, gentlemen. May we have quiet, please. All right, you may proceed further now. You know we had those two questions. Whether or not you approved this Ullman amendment. urs the land; that is right. The Ullman amendment applied

Do you approve of that, sir?
We have no objection to the Ullman amendment.

What does the Xavy say about the Ullman Mr. T. J. SMYTH (Office, Chief of Naval Operations). The Navy does not object to the Ullman amendment in principle, Mr. Chairman. We do desire to make some minor language changes in order to insure that the Federal Government will incur no expense.

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Senator STENNIS. All right. But you accept the substance of the Ullman amendment ?

Mr. SMYTH. Yes, sir. Senator STENNIS. All right. You have something else to say ? Mr. MALLICOAT. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Senator STENNIS. Well, it seems to me as though the hare and hound have lain down together. I do not see anything to have a controversy over.

Mr. MALLICOAT. Thank you, sir.

Senator STENNIS. Thank you very much. We appreciate your coming here and we appreciate your waiting, too. Sorry we could not have gotten to you earlier.

STATEMENT OF HON. AL ULLMAN, A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF OREGON

Mr. ULLMAN. Mr. Chairman and members of the subcommittee, first let me express my appreciation for this opportunity to present testimony to you regarding the amendment to H.R. 10777 offered by my colleagues, Senator Morse and Senator Lusk. It is my understanding that the detailed explanation of the proposal being considered is to be presented by representatives of the State of Oregon, so I will limit myself to a very brief statement regarding the specific further changes I recommended in my letter of April 4 to the chairman.

As I pointed out in that letter, the lands comprising the present Boardman Bombing Range consist in part of lands acquired by the Federal Government and in part of lands which are in the public domain. This latter part amounts to 37,320.31 acres. As you gentlemen know, different laws govern these different classes of Federal land. Not only do the procedures for disposition of public domain land differ from those governing acquired land, but revenues from the use and disposition of public domain land are earmarked for specific purposes under existing land laws. Because of this, the public in general and the public land States in particular have a specific and vested interest in the public domain.

Following discussion with Chairman Aspinall of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee and with that committee's staff, I suggested to you the inclusion of additional language in this proposed amendment which, in our opinion, is necessary to protect the special interest of the public in public domain land. This additional language would provide that land furnished by the State of Oregon to the Federal Government in exchange for that part of the present Boardman Bombing Range which consists of public domain land would itself acquire the status of public domain land. The purpose of the suggested additional language is to insure that the Govern

ment's holding of public domain land and the presently vested public interest in such land would not be adversely affected by the exchange proposed.

As I have indicated, I feel that this clarification of the exchange is essential to protect existing vested interests in our public domain land. As such, I think it is a point of importance to Oregon as a public land State and to the Nation at large. With the inclusion of provisions on this point, I fully endorse the proposal for an exchange. I have long called attention to the growing industrial potential of eastern Oregon. The continued development of the resources of the Columbia River, such as that exemplified by the John Day project now under construction, adds immeasurably to that potential.

It seems to me that this proposed exchange is in full accord with the principle of the highest and best use of our land resources and that the economic good of the area and of our Nation calls for the transfer of this very substantial acreage from use as a bombing range to availability for industrial development. The proposal insures substitute facilities to the Defense Department for its necessary training program and it insures an exchange in terms of fair value so as to protect the interest of the Nation in its land property. With the addition of my suggested provisions to insure protection of the specific public interest in public domain land, I hope that you will give this amendment careful and favorable consideration.

Thank you.

(NOTE.—The following letters from Senator Wayne Morse enclosing a letter from Mr. Chick Chaloupka, and a memorandum from Mr. Forrest E. Cooper, are hereby made a part of the record at this point:)

APRIL 29, 1960. Hon. John STENNIS, Chairman, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate.

DEAR JOHN: Enclosed is a letter dated April 27 addressed to me by Mr. Chick Chaloupka, attorney at law, of Lake County, Oreg., supplying certain comments with respect to the Morse-Lusk amendment, H.R. 10777, to authorize an exchange of the Boardman Bombing Range lands.

Mr. Chaloupka presents the views of Lake County, Oreg., and I respectfully request that they be given careful consideration and that they be included in the hearing record relative to the Morse-Lusk amendment to H.R. 10777. With best personal regards, Sincerely,

WAYNE MORSE.

LAKEVIEW, OREG., April 27, 1960. Re: proposal of the County Court of Lake County, Oreg., and Lake County

Chamber of Commerce in support of amendments to H.R. 10777.
Hon. WAYNE L. MORSE,
U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR MORSE: There is before the U.S. Senate House bill 10777, pending military construction bill, to which there is attached the Morse-Lusk amendment, the purpose of which is to expedite the Navy Department exchange of the Boardman Bombing Range for certain lands located in Lake County, Oreg.

The State of Oregon has, through its duly authorized officials, expressed a desire to acquire the Boardman Bombing Range as a proposed industrial site for industries they seek to bring to Oregon.

The proponents in this brief have no objection or quarrel with the desirability of bringing industry to Oregon ; however, in order to protect Lake County,

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