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South Slough Volunteer Group Recognized by State Land Board
For immediate release                                                                       08-14
More information:  Julie Curtis, State Lands – 503-986-5298
                               Rich Hamel, Friends of South Slough – 541-347-1904
Friends of South Slough receives first Partnership Award
Salem – The State Land Board today recognized the Friends of Sough Slough, Inc. in an awards ceremony honoring exemplary projects and organizations that promote responsible stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources.
In presenting the State Land Board’s first Partnership Award, Governor Ted Kulongoski, chair of the Land Board, praised the group as “a tremendous asset to the operations of the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and an exemplary nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the mission of this nationally recognized research and educational site.” 
The Partnership Award recognizes an individual or organization that has performed a service to enhance the programs of the Department of State Lands. The department serves as the South Slough’s state partner, and provides partial administrative funding for their work.
The Friends’ involvement with the 4800-acre reserve includes major fundraising, managing the interpretive center’s bookstore and gift shop, and promoting the South Slough Reserve at community events throughout the year.
They raised the funds to construct the Interpretive Center’s auditorium; garnered nearly $100,000 over the past year to support the reserve’s educational programs, stewardship activities and trail enhancements; and recently received a $48,000 grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for assessing and managing old growth forest habitats throughout the reserve.
The South Slough reserve is one of 27 national estuarine reserves, and in 1972 was the first reserve established by Congress’s Coastal Zone Management Act. It is located in the Charleston area in Coos County.
The State Land Board consists of Governor Theodore Kulongoski, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and State Treasurer Randall Edwards. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.