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Oregon Takes Input On Elliot State Forest Sale

Cascadia Wildlands

Bob Ragon gives the timber industry view of the Elliott.

Steve Pedery gives the conservationist view of the Elliott.

Oregon's Elliott State Forest is almost at the point of producing more arguments than trees.

The forest is supposed to supplies trees for timber companies, in order to provide income for Oregon's Common School Fund. 

But environmental protections reduced the harvest.  So in some years, the forest loses money, rather than making it. 

The State Land Board is looking at options, including a possible sale of at least a portion of the forest. 

Stakeholder work sessions will be held in July (see below), and we gather input today. 

John Potter and Jim Paul of the Department of State Lands weigh in first with the overview. 

After him comes timber official Bob Ragon, from Douglas Timber Operators

He is followed by an environmental perspective from Steve Pedery of Oregon Wild.  

The work sessions are organized as follows:

  • Timber/Production Interests – July 7, Portland
  • Statewide Conservation Organizations – July 7, Portland
  • Local Govt./Economic Development Interests – July 16, Coos Bay
  • Local Conservation Organizations – July 16, Coos Bay

Check with Oregon State Lands for meeting details; you can also send comments to elliottproject@state.or.us.


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.