Oregon Secretary of State


Department of State Lands

Present Duties

State Lands Building
The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of State Lands. (Oregon State Archives Scenic Image 20150312-1800​)
When Congress admitted Oregon to the Union in 1859, they granted nearly 3.4 million acres of the new state’s land “for the use of schools.” The State Land Board was established by the Oregon Constitution to oversee those school lands. School lands generate revenue for the Common School Fund, today a $2.2-billion fund that distributes millions of dollars to Oregon’s K–12 public schools every year.​

The State Land Board includes the governor, secretary of state and state treasurer. 

The Department of State Lands’ (DSL) manages land to benefit education. The Real Property Program manages Oregon’s remaining 775,000 acres of school lands and assets to generate revenue for the Common School Fund, carrying on the department’s historic responsibilities in the present day

DSL also protects waters and wetlands. The Aquatic Resource Management Program oversees the state’s removal-fill law, the federal North American Wetlands Conservation Act and use of Oregon’s public waterways.

The DSL team includes just over 100 people, with offices in Salem and Bend.
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Contact Information

Telephone: 503-986-5200
Fax: 503-378-4844
General Email: dsl@dsl.state.or.us
Contact: Vicki Walker, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List fo​r State Lands​

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 273

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records & Publications

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

State Archives Holdings from This Agency