Tag Archives: Elliott State Forest

Guest Column: Time to finalize Elliott State Forest sale

For more than two years, the Oregon State Land Board, Oregon Department of State Lands and Oregon Legislature have engaged the public and each other in a discussion about the future of the Elliott State Forest. A forest created by the state, and required by the Oregon Constitution, to generate revenue to help fund Oregon […]
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Text Messages Show the Pressure Placed on Oregon’s State Treasurer to Keep the Elliott State Forest as Public Land

On Feb. 14, the Democrat had joined Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, a Republican, in voting to sell the Elliott State Forest. Their votes outnumbered that of the third member of the State Land Board, Gov. Kate Brown, who opposed the sale. Source: Text Messages Show the Pressure Placed on Oregon’s State Treasurer to Keep […]
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We Journeyed Deep Inside the Elliott State Forest, Before It Is Lost

We were 6 miles deep in the Elliott State Forest, and so far from any marked trail I feared we would never find our way back. An hour ago, we left a logging road and started climbing up and down steep canyons, crossing trickling streams of frigid, crystalline water. We passed fern fronds twice as […]
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Member of State Land Board backs off from Elliott State Forest sale

The sale of Coos County’s Elliott State Forest, which only a month ago seemed to be inching towards reality, is now in limbo after state Treasurer Tobias Read publicly announced this week that he sees a way to maintain public ownership of the land. Read, who at the state’s February land board meeting voted for […]
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A new momentum to retain Elliott State Forest arrives just in time: Editorial

The newfound willingness by Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read to help find a way to keep the Elliott State Forest in public ownership carries enormous promise for present and future generations of Oregonians. Source: A new momentum to retain Elliott State Forest arrives just in time: Editorial | OregonLive.com

Editorial: State shouldn’t invest more in a losing asset

State Treasurer Tobias Read has reversed his position and joined Gov. Kate Brown in her effort to keep the Elliott State Forest in public hands. No loss of public land may be acceptable to some people, but it’s hard to see how it is a sound fiscal decision. The Elliott is supposed to help make […]
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Read sees hope for Elliott

In February, Treasurer Tobias Read backed the sale of the Elliott State Forest. His vote, along with that of Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, meant that a majority of the State Land Board favored proceeding with the sale. But now Read says he’s open to an option presented by Gov. Kate Brown, the board’s third […]
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Treasurer: Elliott Forest could stay in public hands

Tobias Read of Beaverton has one of three votes on state lands, along with the governor and secretary of state. The 82,500-acre Elliott State Forest in southwestern Oregon may be staying in public hands after all. Source: Oregon Local News – Treasurer: Elliott Forest could stay in public hands

Read signals intent to pursue public ownership option for Elliott Forest

Tobias Read said Tuesday that he sees a ‘path forward’ for public ownership of about 82,500 acres of the Elliott Forest in Coos and Douglas counties. After a sustained outcry from environmental groups, Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read appeared to signal his intent Tuesday to side with the governor in her evolving plan to stop the […]
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A decision wasn’t made: Oregon didn’t sell the Elliott (Guest Opinion)

Coos and Douglas Chamber of Commerce leaders call for the sale of the Elliott State Forest to the Lone Rock Timber Management Company (March 9 op-ed). They claim the “decision was made” to sell the forest. They are wrong. Source: A decision wasn’t made: Oregon didn’t sell the Elliott (Opinion) | OregonLive.com