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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, as a member of the Economic Revitalization Team, Department of Administrative Services and Natural Resource Cabinets, and serves on the Ocean Policy Advisory Council as a non-voting member.
 
The director supervises seven staff members including the communications manager, internal auditor, three assistant directors (Wetland and Waterways Conservation Division, Land Management Division and Finance and Administration Division), SSNERR manager and an executive assistant.
 
The communications manager is responsible for all media relations, Web site content, public outreach and agency communications materials. 
 
The internal auditor provides an ongoing, objective assessment of the agency's internal processes, controls and risk management. 
 
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Jim Paul, Assistant Director - Land Management Division
Jim Paul, Assistant Director - Land Management Division  
The Land Management Division includes programs and activities that generate revenue for the Common School Fund from trust and statutory lands, including land granted to Oregon upon statehood and the submerged and submersible lands underlying navigable and tidally influenced waterways. In addition, the division manages mineral rights on all state-owned lands, including property owned by other agencies.
 
Land managers issue leases, easements, rights-of-way, licenses and other forms of authorizations for use of state-owned uplands and waterways. The division also performs day-to-day administration functions for more than 2700 forms of authorization including billings, assignments of lease or easement, bank consent agreements and other applicant-related work.
 
The division is in charge of implementing DSL's Asset Management Plan, which guides the work of the State Land Board and DSL in managing state land assets. A key goal of the 2006-2016 plan is to significantly increase land management revenues to benefit the Common School Fund over the long term.
 
Assistant Director Jim Paul oversees the agency's agreement with the Department of Forestry to manage Common School Fund forestlands, located primarily in the Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay. He also oversees the division's involvement in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site cleanup, marine and seafloor planning, management of the DSL-owned headquarters building, and the agency's work with the federal government to receive acreage still owed to Oregon since statehood in 1859.
 
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Bill Ryan, Assistant Director - Wetlands and Waterways Conservation Div.
Bill Ryan, Assistant Director - Wetlands and Waterways Conservation Division  
The Wetlands and Waterways Conservation Division's primary function is to conserve and protect waters of the state, including wetlands, for their contribution to public navigation, fisheries and recreational uses of the waters through the Removal-Fill and Wetlands programs.
 
The division is responsible for four core functions: 1) regulating removal-fill activities in waters of the state; 2) managing mitigation issues for waters of the state, including through the wetlands mitigation banking and payment-in-lieu programs; 3) managing wetland delineation, identification and functional assessment issues; and 4) addressing unauthorized removal-fill activities through enforcement actions. The division also houses the agency's liaison to the Economic Revitalization Team.
 
The Assistant Director oversees the division's efforts to streamline and work in cooperation with state and federal agencies on water-related permit processes, and has a leadership role in several Oregon Solutions projects statewide.
 
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Cynthia Wickham, Assistant Director - Finance and Administration Division
Cynthia Wickham  
The Finance and Administration Division is responsible for agency-wide systems administration, as well as oversight of the Common School Fund and other DSL-managed funds, audits and properties.
 
It is organized into four units: 1) the Unclaimed Property Section, which receives and protects abandoned funds such as bank accounts, lost securities and uncashed checks, and holds the assets for claim by rightful owners; 2) the Estates Program, which administers estates for people who die without a will and without known heirs; 3) the Information Systems Section, which oversees the agency's computer and GIS systems; and 4) Fiscal Services, which manages the agency's accounting.
 
Assistant Director Cynthia Wickham is responsible for overseeing legislative concept and budget development, tracking legislation during sessions, providing information to legislative committees and maintaining relationships with legislators. She also oversees the administrative rule process and the agency's key performance measures.
 
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