Land Board appointed Vicki Walker as the interim director of the Department of
State Lands at their Feb. 13, 2018, public meeting. Her 18-month appointment,
starting March 1, will include helping the Board find a permanent DSL director.
Director’s Office oversees administrative responsibilities for the State Land
Board and directs the operations and policies of the agency. Legislative
coordination, human resources, policy development and agency communications are
located in the six-person office.
Director also oversees the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 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
reserve system, and is a state/federal partnership with the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration. The Reserve’s governing body is the South
Slough Management Commission whose members are appointed by the Governor. The
DSL Director serves as chair.
Walker served as the Oregon State Director for the
U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development from November 2009 to January
2017. While at USDA, Walker oversaw the investment of $4.8 billion for more
than 24,000 projects that helped rural Oregonians. Projects included helping
low-income rural residents purchase and repair homes; building or maintaining
200 low-income apartment complexes; and assisting 900 rural businesses expand
work at the USDA, Walker served for ten years in the Oregon Legislature (2003
to 2009) where she was a member of the Ways and Means Committee, overseeing
budgets for natural resource and public safety agencies.
Walker was chair
and later administrator of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison
Supervision in 2009, and for 25 years she operated her own court reporting
firm. She received a B.S. from the University of Oregon, and also attended Lane
Deputy Director for Operations
Aquatic Resource Management Program
The 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 Deputy Director supervises 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 Bend Field Office, and one works out of the Southern Region.
Real Property Program
The Real Property Program staff, mostly located in the Bend Field Office, oversee implementation of DSL’s Real Estate Asset Management Plan, as well as agency land sales, exchanges, authorizations and planning. Bend Field Office staff perform 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.
The Deputy Director supervises the Bend Field Office Manager, who oversees real property functions.
Deputy Director for Administration
Business Operations and Support Services Program
The 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.
Trust Property Program
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 (and the proceeds from the sale of 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.
Five managers – Fiscal, Human Resources, Information Systems, Support Services and Trust Property – report to the Deputy Director, who also oversees the agency’s Key Performance Measures and budget development.