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The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Office Building in Portland houses the central offices of the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries was created in 1937 and is Oregon’s centralized source of geologic information. The department produces maps and reports that can be used to manage geologic resources, including water, and to reduce the loss of life and property due to geologic hazards. The department helps Oregonians understand and prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis, coastal erosion, landslides, floods and other geologic hazards. It is the lead regulator for geologic resources (oil, gas, geothermal energy, metallic and industrial minerals and sand, gravel and crushed stone), with attention paid to environmental, reclamation, conservation and related economic, engineering and technical issues.

The department provides geologic data to assist in policy development of state, federal and local governmental natural resource agencies as well as with industry and private sector groups. The department’s library is a central repository for both published and unpublished state geologic

The Mineral Land Regulation and Reclamation Program, located at the Albany field office, is the lead coordinating agency for state mining regulation, operating through an interagency team-permit process. In Oregon, exploration and operating permits and bonds are required to ensure reclamation of land disturbed by mining.


Agency Subdivisions

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


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 965, Portland 97232
Telephone: 971-673-1555
Fax: 971-673-1562
Contact: Vicki McConnell, State Geologist
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail: Gary W. Lynch
Records Officer E-mail: Tove Larsen
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

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