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Department of State Lands' Leadership

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

Jim Paul,  Director
Director Jim Paul 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 six staff members including the two deputy directors, the public information manager, two senior policy analysts and an executive assistant.
Bill Ryan, Deputy Director - Operations Division

BillRyanPhoto.jpgThe Aquatic Resource Management Program conserves and protects 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 ARM is organized into northern, southern and eastern operations, and mirrors the state’s Regional Solutions areas. Field operations staff is responsible for removal-fill permits, jurisdictional planning and waterway leasing. The northern field operations unit is responsible for Portland Harbor Superfund planning. The policy unit houses specialists in removal-fill policy, aquatic resource mitigation, wetlands delineation, aquatic resource planning, and historical filled lands.

The Deputy Director supervises the three regional managers, and a policy and planning manager. Most program staff is located in the Salem headquarters office; three resource coordinators work out of the Eastern Region, and one works out of the Southern Region.

The Common School Fund Property Program includes the Real Property and Trust Property units. Real Property staff, mostly located in the Eastern Region Office in Bend, is in charge of implementing DSL’s Real Estate Asset Management Plan, and overseeing agency land sales, exchanges, authorizations and planning. 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 protections in the Elliott State Forest, the agency has placed an emphasis on generating revenues for the Common School Fund from other real property activities. DSL continues to have an interagency agreement with the Department of Forestry to maintain, manage, control and protect other Common School Fund forestlands across the state.

The agency’s Unclaimed Property unit 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.

The Deputy Director supervises the Eastern Region Manager, who oversees real property functions, and the Trust Property Manager.

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Cyndi Wickham, Deputy Director - Administration Division

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

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a 5,900-acre natural area located in the Coos estuary on the south coast of Oregon. The Reserve was designated in 1974 as the first unit of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a network of estuarine habitats protected and managed for the purposes of long-term research, education and coastal stewardship. The Reserve's governing body is the South Slough Management Commission whose members are appointed by the Governor.
Five managers – Fiscal, Human Resources, Information Systems, Support Services and South Slough – report to the Deputy Director, who also oversees the agency’s Key Performance Measures and budget development.

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