Oregon land board moves forward on Elliott State research forest proposal

The Elliott State Forest Oregon Department of Forestry

By / Monica Samayoa 

The Oregon State Land Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to move ahead with the transfer of ownership of the Elliott State Forest to Oregon State University while acknowledging that more work is needed before the transfer could be finalized.

The 80,000-acre forest in southwest Oregon is inching closer to becoming what backers say will be a world-renowned research forest, providing opportunities for scientific research to inform future decisions for better forest management. The plan also calls for public access and future timber harvesting. The transfer will also decouple the forest from the Common School Fund, which relies on revenue from the sale of timber on state forests, among other resources, to help pay for public education in Oregon.