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.
Unfortunately, privatizing the Elliott will almost certainly lead to industrial-style logging of the surviving old-growth, and the destruction of salmon and wildlife habitat. It would also mean the loss of public access to the land – including hunting and fishing – something we treasure as Oregonians.
We are calling on our state leaders to come up with an innovative, collaborative solution that keeps the Elliott public and intact. You can help! We need the Oregon legislature to support a mechanism that decouples logging our old growth from funding our kids’ education. You can get involved now by signing up for the Elliott State Forest Lobby Day on February 23rd.