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  • State launches drought awareness campaign
    State, federal and local organizations have teamed up to provide information on Oregon drought conditions. Visit www.drought.oregon.gov for links to conservation tips, recreation resources and drought assistance. Other online information:
    Drought Watch hosted by the Oregon Water Resources Department
    Spearheaded by Gov. Brown’s office, state agencies are using the hashtag #ORdrought across social media to keep Oregonians informed and prepared to adapt to drought conditions.

  • 2015 Legislative Recap
    The Department of State Lands’ five agency-sponsored bills and the Governor’s Balanced Budget for the agency were approved by the 2015 Legislature. In addition, other legislation passed that will affect agency programs and services, and involve rulemaking.
  • 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.
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