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  • Tsunami Debris Information
    Debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami has begun washing up on Oregon’s shores. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s website lists important resources for visitors to the coast, including drop-off sites and key phone numbers. It also features links to detailed information on tsunami debris, including maps and photos.

  • State Launches Elliott Alternatives Project
    Starting in May, the Department of State Lands started work on developing a range of feasible ownership and management models for the Elliott State Forest. The project team, led by John Potter and Stephanie Hallock Cummins, began work sessions with constituent groups in July, and will hold a second round of meetings in September. Several public meetings are scheduled for fall, with a goal of presenting options to the State Land Board at their December 9, 2014 meeting.
    More information and contacts
  • South Slough Celebrates 40 years
    ssnerr.jpgThe Sough Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve near Coos Bay was the first of 28 reserves in the United States. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this special place, a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of State Lands.
    Local dignitaries, friends and partner organizations gathered at the Interpretive Center on Aug. 6 to celebrate this milestone. Many speakers shared their memories of the South Slough, its early beginnings, the good work of the staff and volunteers, and the South Slough's importance to the people of Oregon. 
  • Volcanoes Host Unclaimed Property Staff
    up_volcanoes_game.jpgNearly $8,000 in lost funds was recovered for 15 people at the July 8 Volcanoes baseball game in Keizer. Several more took claims forms for relatives, which could bump the dollar amount to over $10,000.
    “We talked with folks who visited our booth, which was not only fun, but proved valuable to those who had funds waiting to be claimed,” said Tammy Palmer, unclaimed property claims examiner. “This was our second year there, and we really enjoy the Volcanoes fans.”
    Do you have an upcoming event that would be a good outreach opportunity for the unclaimed property staff? If so, please contact Pat Tate, program manager.
    The Department of State Lands receives nearly $50 million a year in unclaimed funds from businesses and organizations holding money for people who can’t be located. Typical examples include uncashed checks and abandoned bank accounts. Check now for your name!
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