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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. 

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.

Vicki Walker, DSL Director
Ali Hansen
Public Information Manager
Phone: 503-986-5298  

​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

​Randy Wiest
Rangeland Manager
541-388-6456 ​

Presentations focus on the services and regulatory functions of the agency and may be oriented toward a general or a 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 
Phone: 503-986-5259 

Kirk Jarvie
Field Operations Manager
Phone: 503-986-5320 ​

Dana Hicks
Planning and Policy Manager 
Phone: 503-986-5229  


State-owned Waterways – How the agency protects navigable waterways for public navigation, recreation, commerce and fishing; also provides information on waterway authorizations, waterway navigability, and the Territorial Sea and marine planning.

Gary Cooper
Field Operations Manager
Phone: 503-986-5308 ​

Chris Castelli
Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst
Phone: 503-986-5280

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:

Bree Yednock
Reserve Manager
Phone: 503-888-8270, ext. 302​

Rebecca Muse
Operations Manager
Phone: 503-888-5558, ext. 134  


Ali Hansen
Public Information Manager
Phone: 503-986-5298