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UPDATE: Despite strong leadership from Governor Brown, Treasurer Read and Secretary of State Richardson voted 2-1 to continue the sale process to Lone Rock timber. Treasurer Read made comments about enhancing conservation, but nothing was made clear. The upshot is that Read and Richardson did not support the public ownership option that Governor Brown laid out.

Action Alert: Tell our Oregon leaders not to sell off public forest lands!

This Tuesday, the Department of State Lands will decide whether to proceed with the sale of Oregon’s Elliott State Forest. Tell them no!

The State Land Board agenda for February 14th pushes for privatization: “The Department will initiate negotiations in good faith with the plan proposers towards a binding Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA), and an eventual transfer of ownership of the Elliott Property to the Elliott Forest LLC, unless and to the extent the Board directs the Department otherwise.”

The proposed sale would:

  • See the state lose habitat for fish and wildlife that can’t be replaced
  • Limit public access to half of the forest and potentially introduce fees for hunters, anglers, and other users
  • Open thousands of acres of rare older forests to industrial-style clearcutting and pesticide spraying

Only members of the State Land Board can stop this sale. Conservation, hunting, and fishing groups are working on long-term solutions that would provide needed money to schools and education, protect critical forest values, create jobs in the timber industry and other fields, and maintain public access. Governor Brown has spoken in favor of public ownership. The spotlight is now on State Treasurer Tobias Read.

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Photo by Francis Eatherington

Photo by Francis Eatherington