Category Archives: State Land Board

State works toward public option for Elliott State Forest

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) has been working to find a way to keep the 82,500 acres of the Elliott State Forest publicly owned while allowing the state to send revenue to the Common School Fund. Tuesday morning, DSL Director Jim Paul updated the State Land Board members, Gov. Kate Brown, Secretary of […]
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Timber firm sues Oregon agencies over Elliott State Forest

Timber firm sues Oregon agency over Elliott State Forest. Lone Rock Timber Management Company filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Salem, asserting the state wrongfully terminated an agreement to sell the Elliott State Forest. The Roseburg-based timber company is seeking more than $3 million from the State Land Board and Oregon Department of State Lands. Source: […]
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 Keeping the Elliott State Forest will cost millions

From paying the Common School Fund to developing a management plan, keeping the Elliott in public hands is an expensive proposition. Keeping the Elliott State Forest public isn’t cheap. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Keeping the Elliott State Forest will cost millions

Editorials on Elliott State Forest illustrate rural/urban divide | As We See It | 

The News-Review frequently runs editorials by other newspapers, in addition to our own, on our opinion pages. Sometimes the views expressed by the editors at other newspapers accord with our own. Other times, though, it seems we’re viewing the world through very different lenses. Nowhere has the urban/rural divide been clearer than in the editorials […]
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Elliott Forest: One of those Oregon things

Oregon’s State Land Board seems destined to finding yet another way to cost taxpayers millions of dollars.   Source: Elliott Forest: One of those Oregon things – – Capital Press

Elliott Forest: One of those Oregon things — Opinion

Oregon’s State Land Board seems destined to finding yet another way to cost taxpayers millions of dollars. The saga of the Elliott State Forest continues. In Oregon, a state with 30 million acres of forestland — almost half of its total landmass — the state’s three top officials have decided not to sell a forest […]
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Forests vs. schools | Guest Opinion

Selling public lands wrong way to boost education funding On May 9, the State Land Board voted to reject the proposed sale of the Elliott State Forest to a private timber company-led partnership, after hearing from countless people in favor of keeping the forest in public ownership. Gov. Kate Brown instead directed the Department of […]
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Opinion — State Land Board’s decision on Elliott Forest a disappointment | As We See It | 

Imagine what our schools could have accomplished with the $220.8 million the State Land Board just threw back in the faces of Lone Rock Timber Management and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Gov. Kate Brown officially won the battle Tuesday over who should own the Elliott State Forest. And it’s our kids […]
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A wise, bold decision to retain the Elliott State Forest: Editorial

As recently as three months ago, the Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay was about to be sold off to a private logging company partnering with an Oregon tribe. But last week that changed sharply. The State Land Board, for years watching the forest’s earnings for Oregon schools plummet, pulled a U-turn and followed Gov. […]
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‘OPB Politics Now’: Tolls And Trees, Also Pie

Oregon lawmakers unveiled an $8.2 billion transportation package, which will widen highways and shore up bridges. The money will come from a combination of gas and sales taxes, and maybe even tolls. We’ll dig into the details of the proposal. Source: ‘OPB Politics Now’: Tolls And Trees, Also Pie . News | OPB