The Stewardship Trust serves to protect the long-term productivity and sound stewardship of lands held in trust by the board. The constitutional criterion for selection of land to be placed into the Stewardship Trust is that it must be valuable "primarily to preserve long-term benefits and returns to the state." This requirement means that the board must determine that sound stewardship of the natural values of lands placed into the Trust can provide long-term economic
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benefits to the trust beneficiaries. The Stewardship Trust is a living entity. When board members vote to remove a parcel from the Trust, the board must replace it with an equal or greater-sized parcel, so that the trust always contains between 295,000 and 300,000 acres. After two initial rounds of designations (1998 and 2000) and recent additions, the trust now consists of 296,183.47 acres across 113 separate parcels.