OSU To Hold Listening Sessions About Elliott State Forest

May 30, 2019

Oregon State University will hold community listening sessions June 4-6 about the future of Elliott State Forest. They’re considering using the forest for research.

The State Land Board will review OSU's plan to manage Elliott State Forest in December. The forest is not actively being managed at this time.
Credit Photo courtesy Oregon Department of State Lands

It’s been a couple years since Elliott State Forest has been actively maintained. If OSU were to take it over, they would need a strategy to provide local revenue, access and recreational use, as well as a focus on conservation.

College of Forestry’s Jim Johnson says input from communities near the forest is crucial to help OSU develop a plan of how to meet these needs.

“What we hear from the local communities - the people that live in and around - that rely on the forest, that use it for recreation, that depend on the forest in some way will be really important to us as we develop this report,” said Johnson

OSU will present a report about how they plan to manage the forest to the State Land Board in December.

The listening sessions will be held from 6 to 8 pm on the following days:

June 4: North Bend Library, 1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend

June 5: Umpqua Discovery Center, 409 Riverfront Way, Reedsport

June 6: Douglas County Extension Annex, 1134 SE Douglas Ave., Roseburg