Located in the Southern Oregon Coast Range, the Elliott State Forest is a 82,500-acre state owned forestland containing some of Oregon’s last remaining coastal old-growth. Approximately half of the forest is over a century old. It provides a home to threatened and endangered species, vital habitat to elk, black bear, and deer, and some of the strongest wild salmon and steelhead runs left on the Oregon Coast. ODFW biologists estimate that 22% of all wild Oregon coastal coho salmon originate in the Elliott.
Our public lands are state treasures. They are key for conservation, recreation, and access. Governor Brown, Treasurer Read, and Secretary of State Richardson have come to the conclusion that the Elliott State Forest needs to stay public. This is a huge turnaround from earlier this year when the latter two voted to try to sell the forest. The Legislature subsequently passed a Trust Land Transfer program and $100 million in state bonding to pay off school-fund obligations and thus provide permanent protections for approximately half the Elliott. However, the work is far from finished because we know that keeping the forest public does not guarantee environmental safeguards. We still need your help getting Governor Brown, Treasurer Read, and Secretary of State Richardson to create a strong Habitat Conservation Plan that protects the forest! Click here to send a note to the State Land Board asking them to permanently protect 40,000 acres of high-priority habitat and recreation areas in the Elliott.
The Elliott State Forest is a rich and diverse forest with rare older stands that have never been logged, outstanding coho salmon streams, and excellent recreation opportunities including fishing and hunting for local Oregonians. Under legacy state policies, the Elliott is mandated to provide timber harvest revenue for schools, but logging has declined in recent years to protect rare species such as murrelets and spotted owls. We now need to disconnect school funding from old-growth logging on places like the Elliott, and keep the forests intact and public.
Keeping the Elliot State Forest public was a major victory, but does not ensure permanent environmental protections. We will need your help to guarantee the very best parts of the Elliott are permanently protected. So, stay tuned and sign up for email updates here.