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Proposed Rulemaking

Rules under consideration


​DSL is considering an amendment to OAR 141-093-0185 to extend the vernal pool General Permit (GP) expiration date from January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2026. 

The vernal pool General Permit option was developed by the agencies that regulate earth moving in vernal pool wetlands: the Oregon Department of State Lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Vernal pools are a type of seasonal wetland in Jackson County that supports three federally listed rare species. Projects meeting the criteria may secure wetland and Endangered Species Act permits faster than the usual individual permit and consultation process. View frequently asked questions on vernal pools here​​.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking​ was filed on September 25 with the Secretary of State. The public comment period will open on October 1, 2020, and will close on November 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.. Written comments can be submitted using the online form, by email, or by postal mail. ​​

​A public hearing was held on October 20, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. via Zoom. Listen to the hearing recording here.

Open for comment

​By rule, DSL is required to coordinate with ODFW to update our GIS maps of the Essential Salmon Habitat (ESH) areas. DSL is currently working with ODFW to update the GIS layers for the ESH map within Oregon. 

The Department has held two rule advisory committee (RAC) meetings to date (see below); the third RAC meeting will be held on November 4, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Join the meeting via Zoom using this link, or call in using the information below.  An agenda and meeting materials will be uploaded upon availability.

Dial: (253) 215-8782
Meeting ID: 872 4968 3997
Passcode: ESH_RAC3!​ 

The first rule advisory committee (RAC) meeting was held on September 22, 2020 from 1:30-3:30 PM. Watch the meeting recording on Zoom (note: the meeting begins at minute 19). View the meeting materials, including the RAC roster​​​​​​​​,​​ the meeting agenda, a presentation on the project purpose and scope, and an ODFW presentation on Oregon Fish Habitat Distribution and ESH​. The meeting summary is available here​.

The second RAC meeting was held on October 7, 2020, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Watch the meeting recording on Zoom. View the meeting agenda, a 2014 informational handout, a presentation on current ESH map updates, and a presentation on future ESH map updates​. A meeting summary will be added upon availability.

The Department anticiptaes holding three or four RAC meetings in total before finalizing the rule draft and filing the notice of proposed rulemaking with the Secretary of State. 


Rulemaking meetings and hearings


Rules Coordinator
Phone: 503-986-5279

775 Summer St. NE
Suite 100 
Salem, Oregon 97301

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