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​​Ocean Science Trust

About the Oregon Ocean Science Trust

The 2013 Legislature established the Oregon Ocean Science Trust and Fund (ORS 196.565-569). The duties of the Trust are to:
  • Promote peer-reviewed, competitive research and monitoring that leads to increased knowledge and understanding of Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
  • Promote innovative, collaborative, community-oriented, multi-institutional approaches to research and monitoring related to Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
  • Enhance the state's capacity for peer-reviewed scientific ocean and coastal research.
  • Subject to available funding, establish and execute a competitive grant program to conduct research and monitoring related to Oregon's ocean and coastal resources.
The Department of State Lands is responsible for providing a facility and administrative support for the meetings of the Trust as needed. The Oregon Ocean Science Fund is established in the State Treasury.

The Trust is comprised of five voting members appointed by the State Land Board, and two non-voting members from the legislature (one Senator and one Representative).

Meetings

Members

The Trust is comprised of five voting members appointed by the State Land Board, and two nonvoting members from the legislature (one Senator and one Representative). The voting members of the Trust are:
  • Executive Director Louise Solliday: retired, former Department of State Lands Director and Governor's Natural Resources policy advisor (Tidewater)
  • Laura Anderson: Owner, Local Ocean Seafood and Commissioner, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (Newport)
  • Emily Goodwin Martin: Executive Director, Cascade Mountain School and former Foundation Ocean Program officer (Hood River)
  • Jim Sumich: Ph.D., retired, former Professor of Marine Biology and Zoology at Grossmont Community College (CA), marine mammal expert and marine biology textbook author (Corvallis) 
  • Krystyna Wolniakowski: Executive Director, Columbia River Gorge Commission and former Director, Northwest Region, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Lake Oswego)
The two nonvoting members from the Legislature are: 

Related rulemaking activities

The Ocean Science Trust is currently engaged in rulemaking for a competative grant program. A Public Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 16th at 5:00 PM at Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, OR. The public comment period is currently open til April 14, 2017 5:00 PM. Comments must be made in person at the public meeting OR in writing and can be sent to: 
Dept of State Lands, DIV 141 Rulemaking; Attn: Sabrina Foward
775 Summer St NE, #100, Salem, Oregon 97301 OR email to: rules@dsl.state.or.us

Oregon Coast photo
Resources

Contact

Department of State Lands

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

Sabrina Foward
Executive Assistant/Rules Coordinator
Phone: 503-986-5236

Governor's Natural Resource Office

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