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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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  • 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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  • Land Board Appoints New Agency Director

    The State Land Board on February 9 appointed Jim Paul as the director of the Department of State Lands. Jim has served as one of the agency’s three assistant directors for nearly six years. He replaces interim director Stephanie Hallock and the previous director, Mary Abrams.

    Jim's career in public service began in 1996 in the Oregon Department of Forestry’s forest practices monitoring program. He went on to serve as the hydrologist for the agency from 1999 to 2003, providing technical and policy support on water quality and forest riparian protection rules and initiatives.

    In 2006 Jim was appointed State Forests Division Chief at Forestry, and then to Private Forests Division Chief in 2008. He came to State Lands in 2010 to oversee the Land Management Division. Since an agency-wide reorganization in 2014, Jim has been the assistant director of the Common School Fund Property Program.
     
    During his tenure at DSL Jim has overseen a number of agency initiatives, including the 2012 Real Estate Asset Management Plan, the Remediation Rules Advisory Committee for state-owned waterways, the Filled Lands Advisory Group, the remodeling of the DSL headquarters office, and the Elliott State Forest project.
     
    Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Whitman College and a Master of Science in Forest Hydrology from the University of Washington.
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