Governor Kate Brown and the State Land Board are considering a proposal to sell off the Elliott to logging corporations.
Located in the Southern Oregon Coast Range, theElliott State Forest is a 93,000-acre state owned forestland containing some of Oregon’s last remaining coastal old-growth. Approximately half of the forest is over a century old. It provides a home to threatened and endangered species, vital habitat to elk, black bear, and deer, and some of the strongest wild salmon and steelhead runs left on the Oregon Coast. Biologists estimate that 22% of all wild Oregon coastal coho salmon originate in the Elliott.
Unfortunately, privatizing the Elliott will almost certainly lead to industrial-style logging of the surviving old-growth, and the destruction of salmon and wildlife habitat. It would also mean the loss of public access to the land – including hunting and fishing – something we treasure as Oregonians.
There are three ways you can get involved in protecting this Oregon gem:
1. Learn More – Attend a Teach-In on October 4th or 6th in Portland
Sierra Club and Portland Audubon are hosting teach-ins at their respective headquarters. These are great opportunities to learn more about the Elliott and the threats that it faces – details here.
2. Attend a Rally in Salem on October 11th
Rally with fellow conservation advocates from across the state to demand that the Elliott stays in public ownership and its natural resources are protected. Wear green to show support for protecting this critical wildlife habitat for Marbled Murrelets and Northern Spotted Owls.
When: October 11th, Rally starts at 9 AM
Where: State Land Board Meeting in Salem – Department of State Lands 775 Summer St. Salem OR 97301
3. Write to the State Land Board