Oregon Land Board Stops Sale of Elliott State Forest

Elliott Forest
The forest will remain under state management after the land board’s decision earlier this week.

The Oregon land board voted Tuesday to stop the sale of the Elliot State Forest, keeping the 82,500-acre parcel of public land in state control. The forest almost sold to Lone Rock Timber Management and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians for $221 million.

Oregon is legally bound to use revenue from state-held land to fund education through a public trust. If a piece of trust land cannot generate revenue, the state is often forced to liquidate the property—which was the case with the Elliot…

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