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State Land Board Awards

Website banner_main_v4-01.jpgThe 2020 State Land Board Awards

This year, the State Land Board recognizes four exceptional projects for their contributions to protecting and enhancing Oregon's treasured natural resources.

Those winners are:

  • Steam Award: Opal Springs Volitional Fish Passage Project, Central Oregon
  • Wetland Award: ODOT Vernal Pool Mitigation and Conservation Bank Restoration, Southwest Oregon
  • Partnership Award, Catalyst: Jefferson Jacobs, Oregon Natural Desert Association
  • Partnership Award, Team: Metro and SOLVE

Learn more about the 2020 State Land Board Award winners by following this link.

The public can watch the Land Board Awards virtually during the October Land Board Meeting on October 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. The Land Board Meeting will be live-streamed on the Department of State Lands YouTube page.

About the Awards

Established in 2004, the State Land Board Awards recognize projects that promote responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources or benefit Department of State Lands-related programs.

Awards are given in the categories of Wetland Project, Stream Project, and Partnership Award.

Stream & Wetland Project Awards: Any stream or wetland project completed in the year prior to the awards, or that completed monitoring in the prior year, is eligible. Past awards have gone to wetland mitigation banks, dam removals, wetland restorations, fish habitat improvement projects, and more. Last year’s Wetland Award went to the Cavender Wetland Enhancement, a project that enhanced an existing wetland in Grant County. The project improved water quality by allowing overland flows and floodwaters from farm fields and the town of Monument to be filtered before entering the John Day River.

The Partnership Award: The Partnership Award recognizes organizations who have partnered with the Department of State Lands to advance our work through volunteer efforts. Last year, the Partnership Award went to the Oregon Fishermen’s Cable Committee for its work with DSL and submarine cable system owners to cooperatively site cables to minimize negative impacts to Oregon’s territorial sea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my stream or wetland project eligible?
Eligible projects:
  • Completed construction, or completed monitoring required by DSL, in the previous calendar year
  • Met or exceeded all DSL permit conditions
  • Do not have an unresolved enforcement action
Who can nominate a project? Can I nominate my own project or organization?
Anyone and YES! Past nominations have come from landowners, consultants, funding partners, DSL staff, government agencies, watershed councils, local planners, businesses, organizations and more. If you have been a part of an exemplary project or partnership, please submit a nomination!

How are recipients selected?
DSL convenes a selection committee that typically includes staff, partner organizations, and representatives of other state agencies to review nominations. Generally, one award per category is presented each year. However, the committee may recommend that more than one award be given, or that no award will be given, in a specific category.

What are the selection criteria?
For stream and wetland projects, the selection committee considers the benefit to the resource, innovation and creativity, community involvement and partnerships, and avoidance and minimization in design. The nomination forms request information for each of these criteria.

For partnership awards, the selection committee considers innovation and effort, consistent outstanding service, and the example set by the nominee.

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