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Oregon On Track To Keep Elliott State Forest Publicly Owned


The Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay, Oregon, is on track to be removed from its ties to the Common School Fund.

The Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay, Oregon, is on track to be removed from its ties to the Common School Fund.

Courtesy of David Tvedt

The Department of State Lands told the State Land Board it is on track to establish a public solution for the Elliott State Forest Tuesday morning.

State Land Board members are Gov. Kate Brown, State Treasurer Tobias Read and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.

“We’re on track with the projected timeline for the two major elements of this project,” department director Jim Paul told the State Land Board Tuesday morning in Salem. “The first is we’re continuing to look at potentially a full decoupling of the Elliott trust lands from the Common School Fund, and the second parallel track is the development of a Habitat Conservation Plan.”
 
The state was constitutionally mandated to use revenue from timber harvests on the Elliott to benefit public schools, but has instead been losing money on managing the forest.

Read the whole story at The News-Review.

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