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  • State Focuses on Ownership Transfer for Elliott
    In a unanimous vote at their Aug. 13 meeting, the State Land Board approved a resolution that directs Department of State Lands' staff to begin implementing a protocol to transfer ownership of the Elliott State Forest out of the Common School Fund.
    The resolution also directs staff to stop work on finding a new manager for the Elliott and on securing a new habitat conservation plan, two other options that were explored over the past year and a half.
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  • DSL's Interim Director
    shallock.jpgOn Oct. 13, 2015, the State Land Board appointed Stephanie Hallock Cummins interim director of the Department of State Lands. A third generation Oregonian, Hallock’s career in public service began in1979, when she was a presidential management intern with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco.
    Hallock served as administrator of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Hazardous and Solid Waste Program and administrator of DEQ’s operations in eastern Oregon before becoming director of the agency from 2001 to 2008.
    During her tenure at DEQ, Hallock also led the Healthy Streams Partnership of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds in the Governor’s Office, and served as a policy advisor to two governors on destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile at the Umatilla Army Depot.
    In 2008, Hallock left DEQ to join the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University where she managed Oregon Solutions projects in the Lower John Day Basin, The Dalles, Vernonia, and the City of Portland. She currently serves on the Oregon Board of Agriculture, and since June of 2014 has been a member of the Elliott State Forest team at DSL.
    Hallock holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University.
  • Emergency Permits for Flooding
    In response to flooding, Oregonians may attempt to control streambank erosion through actions that could require emergency approval under Oregon’s removal-fill law.
    In general, any new riprap, gravel-bar removal or moving a stream channel will require an emergency authorization from the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL).
    To obtain an expedited permit or for more information, Oregon property owners should call DSL during regular work hours at 503-986-5200 (Salem). During non-business hours, and on holidays, call Oregon Emergency Response at 1-800-452-0311. 
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