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About Us
The Department of State Lands is the administrative agency of the State Land Board.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of State Lands is to ensure a legacy for Oregonians and their public schools through sound stewardship of lands, wetlands, waterways, unclaimed property, estates and the Common School Fund.


Jim Paul

The Director’s Office oversees administrative responsibilities for the State Land Board and directs the operations of the department, under the jurisdiction of the board.

Responsibilities include providing overall leadership to staff, making recommendations to the Land Board and Legislature, and approving policies, plans and the agency budget. The director serves as chair of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (SSNERR) Management Commission, and participates as a member of the Regional Solutions Cabinet, Economic Recovery Review Council, Enterprise Leadership Team, and the Natural Resources Cabinet.

The DSL director supervises eight staff members including the three assistant directors, the public information manager, two senior policy analysts, an executive assistant and the SSNERR manager. Legislative coordination is housed in the Director's Office.

See the Administrative Overview for additional information about the history of the agency and the current organization.