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Wallace Bridge founder victorious in easement appeal process

It's a win for Oregon, J.W. Millegan claims

Nov 22, 2013


News-Register Staff

WILLAMINA — Wallace Bridge International Equestrian Center founder J.W. Millegan's appeal to the National Appeals Division has been upheld by Hearings Officer Julie Reading, it was announced Friday.

There is a conservation easement on portions of the property Millegan hopes to develop, located near the intersection of highways 18 and 22 outside Willamina.

In mid-2012, he requested an easement modification from the National Resources Conservation Service, sparking an extended series of claims and counter-claims regarding what is, or is not, allowed in such situations.

Millegan offered an exchange of properties, giving the NRCS land he says has greater environmental value than adjacent property that is bound by the existing easement.

The NRCS denied Millegan’s modification request  and he appealed to the National Appeals Division.

"Wallace Bridge wins, Oregon wins and the environment wins," Millegan said. "All of our claims were upheld. The NRCS has two choices. Either approve the modification or appeal."

He added, "Once in someone's life something comes along that you must stand up for and fight. This is one of thosee times. The easement wins, the economy wins and Oregon wins."

Millegan said the decision will go a long way toward developing a world class equestrian center in the West Valley, a facility that will positively benefit Oregon for generations to come.

See the article in Tuesday's News-Register for more.

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