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Department of State Lands' Leadership
 
The Department of State Lands (DSL) is organized into three divisions and the Director's Office. The agency also serves as the state administrative partner for the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (SSNERR)
 

Mary Abrams, Director
 

 
Director Mary Abrams oversees the operations of DSL, under the jurisdiction of the State Land Board.  Responsibilities include providing overall leadership to DSL staff, making recommendations to the Land Board and legislature, developing and approving policies and plans, and overseeing budgets, grants and contracts.

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 Natural Resources Cabinet.
 
The 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.
 
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Bill Ryan, Assistant Director - Aquatic Resource Management
Bill Ryan, Assistant Director - Wetlands and Waterways Conservation Division  

The Aquatic Resource Management program's primary function is to conserve and protect waters of the state and public access to state-owned waterways. The program has four core functions: 1) regulating removal-fill activities in waters of the state; 2) managing mitigation programs, including mitigation banking and payment-in-lieu programs; 3) managing the state's aquatic resource planning program; and 4) issuing authorizations for use of and overseeing navigable waterways to protect public trust rights.

The assistant director supervises a field operations manager and a policy and planning manager. The Field Operations unit is responsible for removal-fill permits, wetland delineation reviews, waterway leasing and Portland Harbor Superfund planning, and is organized around four geographical regions that match up with the state's Regional Solutions areas. The policy unit houses specialists in removal-fill policy, aquatic resource mitigation, aquatic resource planning, and proprietary waterways.

Most program staff are located in the Salem headquarters office; three resource coordinators work out of the Eastern Region office in Bend.

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Cyndi Wickham, Assistant Director - Business Operations and Support Services
Cynthia Wickham  

The Business Operations and Support Services program is responsible for DSL's agency-wide support functions, and provides accounting, budget, human resources, rulemaking and information technology services. Business Operations and Support Services also provides oversight of DSL-managed funds, audits and properties. It includes the following sections: Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources, and Support Services.

Four managers - Fiscal, Human Resources, Information Systems and Support Services - report to the Assistant Director, who also oversees the agency's Key Performance Measures, and serves as liaison to the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
  
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Jim Paul, Assistant Director - Common School Fund Property
 

 

The Common School Fund Property program includes all agency work that generates funds for the Common School Fund. The program's units include Real Property and Trust Property (unclaimed property and estates).

The assistant director supervises two managers - the Trust Property manager and the Eastern Region manager (who also supervises Eastern Region aquatic resource staff). Program staff are located in the Salem headquarters office and in the Eastern Region office in Bend.

The Real Property team is in charge of implementing DSL's Real Estate Asset Management Plan. Eastern Region staff performs annual rangeland inventories on 30,000 of the more than 600,000 acres of rangelands to collect data relating to vegetation types, soil types and general rangeland health conditions.

Because of recent litigation regarding species protection in the Elliott State Forest, the agency's focus on generating revenue from Common School Fund real property has shifted from forestlands to other real property activities, though DSL continues to have an interagency agreement with the Department of Forestry to maintain, manage, control and protect Common School Fund forestlands.

Trust Property: The agency is the depository of record for unclaimed and presumed abandoned property and funds. Unclaimed funds are held in custody in the Common School Fund. Tangible personal property, primarily from abandoned safe deposit boxes, is held for a minimum of one year, and then publicly auctioned. All unclaimed property (or the proceeds from the sale of the property) is available for claim by the owners or their heirs forever.

The Department of State Lands is the court-appointed personal representative for the administration of estates of people who die without a will and without known heirs. After 10 years, if no will is located and there are no apparent heirs, estates proceeds are deposited permanently in the Common School Fund.

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