Elliott State Forest


The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) and Oregon State University (OSU) are working collaboratively to explore transforming the Elliott State Forest into a publicly owned state research forest.

Following the State Land Board meeting in December 2020, the exploratory work will continue during 2021. A successful proposal will be consistent with the Land Board vision for the forest, which includes:

  • Keeping the forest publicly owned with public access
  • Decoupling the forest from the Common School Fund, compensating the school fund for the forest and releasing the forest from its obligation to generate revenue for schools 
  • Continuing habitat conservation planning to protect species and allow for harvest
  • Providing for multiple forest benefits, including recreation, education, and working forest research

Happening Now 


Upcoming Prospective Board Meetings

  • Friday, March 10, time TBD
  • Monday, April 10, from noon to 4 p.m.

Meeting details including zoom link, meeting agenda and additional materials will be available on the Department of State Lands ESRF page, a week prior to the meeting. 


Upcoming Listening Sessions

Information about future listening sessions will be posted as soon as they are scheduled.  View information from past listening sessions at the Forest Manamgement Plan page.


Upcoming Advisory Committee Meetings
Meeting information is posted the week before the meeting

 *The Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee, which has been providing input and insight on creation of an Elliott State Research Forest since 2019, will disband in December 2022. During the Dec. 13 State Land Board meeting, the Land Board will consider appointing the first voting members of the Elliott State Research Forest Authority Board of Directors.


Upcoming Workgroup Meetings
Informal workgroups meet to discuss specific topics, including developing a forest management plan. Workgroup meeting notes, including links to meeting videos when available, are here.