Department of State Lands Records Guide
Agency History - Introduction
The Department of State Lands (DSL) is the administrative arm of the State Land Board, which is comprised of the Governor, Secretary of State and State Treasurer. Under constitutional and statutory guidelines, the board is responsible for managing state-owned lands, assets in the Common School Fund, unclaimed property, estates with no will and no heirs, and any additional functions assigned by the Legislative Assembly. The State Land Board makes navigability determinations, adopts rules, issues policy statements and approves the department’s recommendations.
DSL operates in accordance with general policies formulated by the board and through laws defining its duties and powers. The department’s mission is to ensure a legacy for Oregonians and their public schools through sound stewardship of lands, wetlands, waterways, unclaimed property, estates and the Common School Fund. Moreover, the Department of State Lands is the state partner to the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve near Coos Bay and provides administrative services to the Oregon Natural Heritage Program. DSL is headquartered in Salem with a regional office in Bend.