The provisions of ORS 196.600 (Definitions for ORS 196.600 to 196.655) to 196.655 (Report on Oregon Removal-Fill Mitigation Fund) shall be carried out by the Director of the Department of State Lands. The Department of State Lands shall solicit, but not be bound by, comments from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Transportation, Department of Land Conservation and Development, Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Business Development Department, federal natural resources and regulatory agencies, affected local governments and special districts, conservation organizations and other interested parties. All comments shall be in writing and provided to the Department of State Lands and mitigation bank sponsor within 30 days of solicitation by the Department of State Lands. If comments are not received by the Department of State Lands from a state agency or from an affected local government or special district within 30 days of solicitation, the director shall assume that the state agency, local government or special district does not desire to provide comments.
In cooperation with the parties in subsection (1) of this section, the director, in consultation with the State Land Board, shall:
Review opportunities for inclusion of appropriate wetlands in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.
The director shall confer with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to develop criteria to certify watershed enhancement projects as mitigation banks. [Formerly 541.575; 1997 c.444 §4; 2003 c.738 §9]