Geology and Mineral Industries Department

Present Duties

State Office Building
The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20090131-0230)
The department increases understanding of Oregon’s geologic resources and hazards through science and stewardship. Established in 1937 as an independent state agency, its early focus on mining and rural economic development has expanded to include helping Oregonians understand and prepare for the ​natural hazards that accompany the state’s geology.

Today, the department provides earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous. The Geological Survey & Services program develops maps, reports and data to help Oregon manage natural resources and prepare for natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, floods, volcanoes, coastal erosion and climate change. The Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation program oversees the state’s mineral production and works to minimize impacts of natural resource extraction and to maximize the opportunities for land reclamation. The department has a staff of approximately 35 people.​
Agency Website

Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

Contact Information

Telephone: 971-673-1555
Fax: 971-673-1562
Contact: Dr. Ruarri Day-Stirrat​, Director/State Geologist
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Geology and Mineral Industries​

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapters 516, 517, 520, 522

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records & Publications​

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Mining Petitions, Volume 1-4
Dates: 1937
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Sample Grubstake Loan Claims
Dates: 1949
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Governing Board Minutes
Dates: 1937-1991
Cubic Ft.: 5