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Elliott State Forest plans available for public review; meetings set for Roseburg and North Bend
 
For immediate release
June 1, 2011                                         
 
Contact:
Kevin Weeks: (ODF)   503-945-7427
Julie Curtis:    (DSL)   503-986-5298
                       
The Oregon Departments of Forestry (ODF) and State Lands (DSL) have announced the opportunity for the public to review and comment on two management documents that support the proposed 2011 Forest Management Plan for the Elliott State Forest:
 
  • Forest Land Management Classification (FLMC) maps
  • 10-year Implementation Plan (IP) for the Elliott State Forest
 
The public comment period for both plans begins June 1 and ends August 29, 2011.
 
The Forest Management Plan covers 95,273 acres of state-owned forest in the Coos District, the majority located within the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest near Reedsport. Ninety percent of the Elliott State Forest is Common School Fund land, overseen by the State Land Board. The board oversees management of the forest to provide timber revenue for K-12 schools using sound techniques of land management. 
 

Plans available for comment and review
 
 
The two plans provide additional operations detail to the proposed Forest Management Plan for the Elliott, which has a public comment process currently underway until August 1, 2011. The proposed Forest Management Plan would replace the current plan adopted by the State Land Board and Board of Forestry in 1994, and go into effect on January 1, 2012, after approval by both boards in fall 2011.
 
The draft classification maps describe the forest resources within the management plan and classify lands according to the types of management activities that can occur.
 
The draft implementation plan provides more detail on activities the ODF Coos District will undertake during the next ten years in the Elliott State Forest to carry out the objectives of the Forest Management Plan. The IP includes objectives for timber harvests, road building, reforestation and other activities that will occur over a 10‐year period, and estimates of key indicators for success such as timber harvest volume and the age/species composition of forest stands. The IP also assesses the current forest conditions as a starting point and envisions an expected condition for the Elliott State Forest at the end of the 10-year IP period.
 

Public hearings in July 2011
 
Two public hearings on the Elliott State Forest Management Plan, draft Forest Land Management Classification, and draft Implementation Plan are scheduled:
 
July 19: North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Avenue, North Bend, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
 
July 20:  Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4192 North Umpqua Highway, Roseburg, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
 
The hearing locations are accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting by calling the Department of Forestry at 541-267-1740. Public comments along with staff responses and recommendations will be provided to the Board of Forestry and State Land Board for review prior to final plan approval. 
 

How to comment and additional information
 
The draft Forest Land Management Classification maps and draft Implementation Plan are both available online:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/STATE_FORESTS/elliott.shtml
 
Comments may be addressed to the State Forests Planning Specialist, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State Street, OR 97310, sent to ODFStateForestsComments@odf.state.or.us, or via FAX to 503-945-7376.
 
The Elliott State Forest became Oregon’s first state forest when acquired in 1930, named for Francis Elliott, the first State Forester of Oregon. The State Land Board owns its common school lands, while the Oregon Department of Forestry manages the state forest through an agreement with the State Land Board and Department of State Lands. Timber harvest revenues, minus the cost of management, go to the Common School Fund to support the state’s 197 K-12 public school districts.
 
The Oregon Department of Forestry manages 821,000 acres of forests in Oregon for the environmental, social and economic benefit of Oregonians.
 
Oregon Department of Forestry 
 
Common School Forestlands Backgrounder 
 
Oregon Department of State Lands 
 
Common School Fund