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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 for your event, based on staff availability. The general DSL contact for speeches and presentations is:
Julie Curtis, Public Information 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 (Common School Fund Property, Aquatic Resources, 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.

Jim Paul, DSL Director
Julie Curtis, Public Information Manager 
Common School Fund Lands
At statehood, the federal government granted sections 16 and 36 in every township to Oregon "for the use of schools."  Today, the agency 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.
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 and Oregon rangelands.

Bill Ryan, Deputy Director, Operations Division

Shawn Zumwalt, Property Manager

Randy Wiest, Rangeland Manager

Oregon's Aquatic Resources
Presentations focus on the services and regulatory functions of the agency and may be oriented toward a general or technical audience.

Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, enacted in 1967, to conserve, restore and protect "waters of the state" for public navigation, fisheries, commerce and recreation. Provides information on how to obtain a removal-fill permit, an overview of DSL's regulatory responsibilities, and permit streamlining initiatives.

Wetlands and their functions, including how to identify wetlands, benefits of Local Wetland Inventories and planning, wetland restoration, wetland mitigation, and mitigation banking.

Bill Ryan, Deputy Director, Operations Division 

Lori Warner-Dickason, Operations Manager

Eric Metz, Planning and Policy Manager

State-owned Waterways - how the agency protects navigable waterway for public navigation, recreation, commerce and fishing; also provides information on waterway authorizations, waterway navigability, and the territorial sea and marine planning.

Nancy Pustis, Proprietary Specialist

Chris Castelli, Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst

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, Trust Property Manager
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.

Greg Goller, Estate Representative

Sally Wells, Estate Representative

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 Resources. 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:

Gary Cooper, Reserve Manager
541-888-8270, ext. 315

Rebecca Muse, Operations Manager
541-888-5558, ext. 134