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Speakers Bureau

Professional staff in the Department of State Lands give presentations on the agency’s programs. The following topics and speakers may be available for your event, based on staff availability. 

  • Gives the history of the agency (one of Oregon’s oldest) and an overview of DSL’s core programs (Common School Fund Property, Aquatic Resources, Unclaimed Property and Estates) as they relate to DSL’s mission of ensuring a legacy for Oregonians and their public schools through stewardship of the Common School Fund.

    Jim Paul, DSL Director
    Julie Curtis
    Public Information Manager
    Phone: 503-986-5298
    Julie.Curtis@state.or.us  
  • ​At statehood, the federal government granted sections 16 and 36 in every township to Oregon “for the use of schools.” Today, the agency oversees all programs that generate revenue for the Common School Fund from these trust lands and from other land management activities under State Land Board jurisdiction. 

    Specialized presentations include the department’s Real Estate Asset Management Plan, which guides land management activities and outlines priorities for growing the Common School Fund over the next decade and beyond; and such topics as mineral and energy resources on state lands and Oregon rangelands. 

    Bill Ryan
    Deputy Director, Operations Division
    503-986-5259
    Bill.Ryan@state.or.us 

    Shawn Zumwalt
    Property Manager
    541-388-6033
    Shawn.Zumwalt@state.or.us​

    Randy Wiest
    Rangeland Manager
    541-388-6456
    Randy.Wiest@state.or.us ​

  • Presentations focus on the services and regulatory functions of the agency and may be oriented toward a general or a technical audience.

    Oregon's removal-fill law, enacted in 1967, to conserve, restore and protect "waters of the state" for public navigation, fisheries, commerce and recreation. Provides information on how to obtain a removal-fill permit, an overview of DSL's regulatory responsibilities, and permit streamlining initiatives. 

    Wetlands and their functions, including how to identify wetlands, benefits of Local Wetland Inventories and planning, wetland restoration, wetland mitigation, and mitigation banking. 

    Bill Ryan
    Deputy Director, Operations Division 
    Phone: 503-986-5259 
    bill.ryan@state.or.us 

    Lori Warner-Dickason
    Operations Manager
    Phone: 503-986-5271
    Lori Warner-Dickason@state.or.us 

    Eric Metz
    Planning and Policy Manager 
    Phone: 503-986-5266 
    Eric.Metz@state.or.us  

  • State-owned Waterways – How the agency protects navigable waterways for public navigation, recreation, commerce and fishing; also provides information on waterway authorizations, waterway navigability, and the Territorial Sea and marine planning.

    Nancy Pustis
    Proprietary Specialist
    Phone: 503-986-5309
    Nancy.Pustis@state.or.us 

    Chris Castelli
    Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst
    Phone: 503-986-5280
    Chris.Castelli@state.or.us

  • ​Provides detailed information regarding Oregon laws pertaining to unclaimed property, how individuals may claim their unclaimed property, and state requirements of individuals and organizations holding unclaimed property. DSL holds unclaimed property in trust forever until the rightful owner can be found. Examples of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, uncashed payroll or dividend checks, and safe deposit box contents.

    Patrick Tate
    Trust Property Manager
    Phone: 503-986-5248
    Patrick.Tate@state.or.us​ ​​

  • Oregon law requires the Department of State Lands to be notified immediately upon the death of a person when it appears there are no known heirs or a valid will. This notification is provided by anyone knowledgeable of the death, including county medical examiners, landlords, nursing home administrators, hospitals, funeral homes, neighbors, friends and attorneys. This presentation includes how organizations and businesses can comply with Oregon’s estate law.

    Greg Goller
    Estate Representative
    Phone: 503-986-5247
    Greg.Goller@state.or.us 

    Sally Wells
    Estate Representative 
    Phone: 503-986-5299
    Sally.Wells@state.or.us

  • Staff of the South Slough provide both technical and informational presentations on a wide variety of topics, including: Introduction to Estuaries, the National Estuarine Research Program; Tides and Sea Level; Restoring Native Oysters; Coastal Wetland Restoration; Salmon in Estuaries; Watershed Stewardship; and Dealing with Coastal Natural Resources. The Reserve provides an array of educational programs for preschoolers through senior citizens, information for coastal visitors, and technical research and monitoring programs for scientists and coastal decision makers. 

    For further information regarding available speakers, contact:

    Gary Cooper
    Reserve Manager
    Phone: 503-888-8270, ext. 315
    Gary.D.Cooper@state.or.us

    Rebecca Muse
    Operations Manager
    Phone: 503-888-5558, ext. 134
    Rebecca.Muse@state.or.us  


Contact

Julie Curtis
Public Information Manager
Phone: 503-986-5298
Julie.Curtis@state.or.us

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