SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Ocean Science Trust would be able to partner with private nonprofits for fundraising purposes under new proposed rules. The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is seeking public comment on rules resulting from the Oregon Legislature’s 2019 passage of Senate Bill 753. The rules aim to clarify the Trust’s role and responsibility in granting and distributing funds for ocean science research. Temporary rules are currently in place and will expire on August 27, 2020. Public comment sought via Zoom hearing, written comments- A public hearing on the proposed rules will be held June 16, 2020, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit the DSL website for hearing details, to request the meeting link, or to review the draft rules. The public comment period will be open until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Comments must be received by this date and time to be considered. Written comments may be submitted on the DSL website by online form, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to DSL Rules Coordinator, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301. Once the public comment period closes, DSL will consider any comments received and revise the rule draft as needed. The earliest the permanent rules would go into effect is August 1, 2020. About the Oregon Ocean Science Trust: In establishing the Oregon Ocean Science Trust, the 2013 Legislature created an opportunity for Oregon to understand how our ocean is changing, and take action to ensure a thriving coastal environment and economy for future generations. The Oregon Department of State Lands is responsible for providing administrative support to the Trust.