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Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project

Project Goal 

To develop a range of feasible ownership, management, and transition alternatives for the future of the Elliott State Forest, to be considered by the State Land Board in December 2014.​

July News Release​

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Project Report to State Land Board

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  • The 92,000-acre Elliott State Forest includes about 84,000 acres of Commons School Fund lands in Coos and Douglas counties in Southwestern Oregon.  
  • The forest was created in 1930 to provide long-term funding for Oregon’s K-12 public schools and is managed by the Department of Forestry.
  • Over time, timber harvests have been greatly reduced, due primarily to protection of threatened and endangered species, resulting in net deficits from managing the Elliott. In 2013, loss from the Elliott was $3 million, and deficits are projected to continue.
  • Draining money from the Common School Fund to maintain an asset threatens the fiduciary responsibility of the State Land Board.
  • In May of 2014, the Department of State Lands initiated a project to develop a range of feasible business models for future ownership and management of the Elliott.

Additional Background Information


Elliott State Forest Fact Sheet (2014) PDF​​ [0.3 MB] 

Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project Summary (2014) PDF​​​​ [0.8 MB]           

             State Trust Lands Fact Sheet (2013) PDF [0.2 MB]

Real Estate Asset Management Plan (2012) PDF [1.1 MB]

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A project team has been established to develop a range of options for future ownership and management of the Elliott State Forest and how a transition might occur.  Through group work sessions and individual contacts, the project team will seek ideas from education beneficiaries, conservation and land trust representatives, timber management interests, tribal governments, elected officials, economic and community development groups, and government agencies.  In addition, the project team has formed an interagency technical workgroup and is working with a technical consultant (Evergreen Economics) to conduct research on how other states manage school trust lands and investigate options for the Elliott.

As information is developed about business model alternatives, it will be posted on this web page.

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June 2014 – Initial outreach and set up interagency technical workgroup

July 2014 – First-round stakeholder work sessions, review input, and continue research

August 2014Technical consultant​ and interagency workgroup help draft alternatives

September 2014 – Review alternatives in second-round stakeholder work sessions

October 8, 2014 - State Land Board Meeting at 3:00 to 6:00pm at Hales Performing Arts Center, SW     Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark, Coos Bay, OR.

October 31, 2014 - Public Comment period ends

November 2014 – Develop final draft of business model alternatives using public input

December 2014 – Present findings to the State Land Board at Dec. 9 public meeting​

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Acknowledging up front that it is impossible to satisfy all requests by any of the solutions chosen for the Elliott, the project has tried to objectively develop a full range of possible options.  Preliminary concepts were developed and shared; feedback was received on possible variations; and the technical consultant has been modeling the expected results.  The following is information about possible soluctions as it has been developed:

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For more information about this project, please contact:

John Potter  |   john.r.potter@state.or.us  |  503-569-8979

Stephanie Hallock  |  stephanie.hallock@state.or.us  |  503-428-4773

Julie Curtis  |  julie.curtis@state.or.us  |  503-986-5298​ 

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