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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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  • 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.

Preliminary Alternative Business Model Concepts Chart July 2014

Preliminary Business Model Concepts Summary July 2014​​​​

Evergreen Economics Contract Information​

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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 2014 – Technical consultant and interagency workgroup help draft alternatives

     Interagency Workgroup​

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

October 2014 – Hold public information meeting in Coos Bay area

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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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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To submit a public comment, please send an email to: elliottproject@state.or.us​​
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