The State Land Board is accepting bids on three parcels of the Elliott State Forest. Oregon’s first state-owned forest provides recreation opportunity, wildlife habitat, and revenue for the Common School Fund. Privatizing any public forestland–even the sale of a few parcels–sets a dangerous precedent that could lead to even more sales of state lands in the future.
Part of what makes Oregon spectacular is the abundant, beautiful landscapes that are accessible to the public. Moreover, some of the parcels that are up for bid include old growth forest structure that provides habitat for endangered species like marbled murrelets. Logging would destroy or severely disrupt this habitat. Other parts of the Elliott are home to coho salmon and spotted owls.
Oregon’s public lands and school children are among our most valuable resources. We need to protect both. Tell the State Land Board to keep Oregon’s forests in public ownership!