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Speakers Bureau
Professional staff in the Department of State Lands give presentations on the agency's programs. The following topics and speakers may be available to your organization, based on staff availability. The general DSL contact for speeches and presentations is:
 
Julie Curtis, Communications Manager
503-986-5298; Julie.Curtis@state.or.us
 
Or you may contact the individual staff person directly. 
 
Topic Presenter/Contact Information
Department of State Lands Overview
Gives the history of the agency (one of Oregon's oldest) and an overview of DSL's core programs (Land Management, Wetlands and Waterways, Unclaimed Property and Estates) as they relate to DSL's mission of ensuring a legacy for Oregonians and their public schools through stewardship of the Common School Fund.
Mary Abrams, DSL Director
Julie Curtis, Communications Manager 
503-986-5298
julie.curtis@state.or.us
Managing State Lands
At statehood, the federal government granted sections 16 and 36 in every township to Oregon "for the use of schools."  Today, the Land Management Division oversees all programs that generate revenue for the Common School Fund from these trust lands and from other land management activities under State Land Board jurisdiction. This presentation provides information on waterway leases and other authorizations for DSL-owned land, including the submerged and submersible lands underlying Oregon's navigable waterways.
 
Specialized presentations include the department's Real Estate Asset Management Plan, which guides land management activities and outlines priorities for growing the Common School Fund over the next decade and beyond; and such topics as mineral and energy resources on state lands, uses of the territorial sea, rangeland management, and title navigability.
Jim Paul, Assistant Director, Land Management Division
503-986-5279
jim.paul@state.or.us

Lanny Quackenbush, Eastern Region Manager
541-388-6355
lanny.r.quackenbush@state.or.us
 
John Russell, Asset Manager
503-986-5281
john.russell@state.or.us 
  
 
Oregon's Removal-Fill Law
Explains Oregon's removal-fill law, enacted in 1967, to conserve, restore and protect "waters of the state" for public navigation, fisheries, commerce and recreation. Waters of the state include all natural waterways: bays and estuaries; constantly flowing streams (navigable and non-navigable); some intermittent streams; wetlands, lakes and other bodies of water; the Pacific Ocean within three miles of shore; certain ditches; and artificially created wetlands, ponds and channels. Provides information on how to obtain a removal-fill permit, an overview of DSL's regulatory responsibilities, and permit streamlining initiatives.
Bill Ryan, Assistant Director, Wetlands & Waterways Conservation Division
503-986-5259
bill.ryan@state.or.us
 
Eric Metz, Southern Region Manager
503-986-5266
eric.metz@state.or.us
Oregon's Wetlands
Presentation topics may include an overview of the importance of Oregon's wetlands and their functions, how to identify wetlands, benefits of Local Wetland Inventories and planning, wetland restoration, wetland mitigation, and mitigation banking. Presentations may be oriented toward a general or a technical audience.

Kathy Verble, Acting Wetlands Program Manager
503-986-5321
kathy.verble@state.or.us
 
Dana Field, Wetland Mitigation Specialist
503-986-5238
dana.field@state.or.us

Dana Hicks, Payment In-Lieu Mitigation
Specialist
503-986-5229
dana.hicks@state.or.us

DSL's Role in Statewide Economic Revitalization
Provides information on DSL's participation in the Oregon Solutions process, including technical assistance and regulatory streamlining for industrial sites seeking "project-ready" certification; removal-fill law and wetlands assistance to identified economic revitalization projects throughout the state; and collaborative problem-solving between member agencies and local government on economic revitalization issues.
Kirk Jarvie, Economic Revitalization Liaison
 
503-986-5320
kirk.jarvie@state.or.us
Oregon's Unclaimed Property Law
Provides detailed information regarding Oregon laws pertaining to unclaimed property, how individuals may claim their unclaimed property, and state requirements of individuals and organizations holding unclaimed property. DSL holds unclaimed property in trust forever until the rightful owner can be found. Examples of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, uncashed payroll or dividend checks or safe deposit box contents.
Patrick Tate, Unclaimed Property Manager
 
503-986-5248
patrick.tate@state.or.us
 
Estates Program
Oregon law requires the Department of State Lands to be notified immediately upon the death of a person when it appears there are no known heirs or a valid will. This notification is provided by anyone knowledgeable of the death, including county medical examiners, landlords, nursing home administrators, hospitals, funeral homes, neighbors, friends and attorneys. This presentation explains the DSL Estates Program, the public service it provides and how organizations or businesses can comply with Oregon's estate law.
Cynthia Wickham, Assistant Director of Finance and Administration
 
503-986-5227
cyndi.wickham@state.or.us 
 
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Staff of the South Slough provide both technical and informational presentations on a wide variety of topics, including: Introduction to Estuaries, the National Estuarine Research Program; Tides and Sea Level; Restoring Native Oysters; Coastal Wetland Restoration; Salmon in Estuaries; Watershed Stewardship; and Dealing with Coastal Natural Resource Damage. The Reserve provides an array of educational programs for preschoolers through senior citizens, information for coastal visitors, and technical research and monitoring programs for scientists and coastal decision makers.

For further information regarding available speakers, contact:

Robin Elledge, Operations Manager
541-888-5558, ext. 24
robin.elledge@state.or.us
 
 

 
 
 

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