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The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of State Lands. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of State Lands. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Department of State Lands, established in 1878, is one of Oregon’s oldest agencies, managing more than 630,000 acres of grazing and agricultural land; 120,000 acres of forest land; 7,000 acres of industrial, commercial and residential land; and 1.26 million acres of off-shore land, estuarine tidelands, and submerged and submersible lands of the state’s extensive navigable waterway system. The agency also manages two million acres of mineral rights owned by other state agencies and 774,000 acres of mineral and energy resources under land owned by other parties. Proceeds from management of lands and waterways and other activities become part of the Common School Fund principal. The fund’s market value was $1.1 billion as of June 2012. Earnings from fund investments are distributed semi-annually to school districts through the Department of Education.

The Department of State Lands also administers the state’s removal-fill law, which protects Oregon’s waterways and wetlands from uncontrolled alteration. Under the Unclaimed Property Act, the department director serves as trust agent for “abandoned funds” such as bank accounts and uncashed checks. Oregon’s probate law designates the director as representative for the estate of a deceased person with no will nor known heirs.

Other department responsibilities include leasing state-owned mineral rights for exploration and production of oil, gas, hard minerals and geo-thermal energy; providing opportunities to lease or buy state land; maintenance of historical records related to early land transactions; management oversight for the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve; oversight for protection and maintenance of Oregon’s wetlands; and management of coastal resources seaward of the mean high tide line.


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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem 97301-1279
Telephone: 503-986-5200
Fax: 503-378-4844
General E-mail:
Contact: Mary M. Abrams, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail: Tiana R. Teeters
Records Officer E-mail: Gail Lowry
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Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 273
Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (pdf) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (pdf) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog