World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Elliott State Forest

Article Id: WHEBN0027604235
Reproduction Date:

Title: Elliott State Forest  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of Oregon state forests, Southern Oregon Coast Range
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Elliott State Forest

Elliott State Forest
Type State forest, park
Location Coos and Douglas counties, United States
Nearest city Reedsport and Coos Bay
Coordinates

43°35′05″N 124°01′04″W / 43.58472°N 124.01778°W / 43.58472; -124.01778Coordinates: 43°35′05″N 124°01′04″W / 43.58472°N 124.01778°W / 43.58472; -124.01778[1]

Area 93,000 acres (380 km2)
Created 1930
Operated by Oregon Department of Forestry

Elliott State Forest is a state forest in the Oregon Coast Range in Coos and Douglas counties, between Coos Bay and Reedsport.[2] The first state forest established in Oregon, it is named after the state's first state forester Francis Elliott.[3] Trees commonly found in this forest are the Douglas-fir, Western Hemlock, Western Redcedar, Bigleaf Maple, and Red Alder.[4]

More than 90 percent of the Elliot State Forest forms part of Oregon Common School Fund (CSF) lands devoted to supporting public education statewide. The Oregon Department of Forestry manages the CSF lands for the Oregon State Land Board, composed of Oregon's governor, secretary of state, and treasurer. Timber revenue from logging in the Elliott State Forest has generated about $284 million for schools since 1955.[3]

Management controversy

Controversy arose in 2011 in response to changes in the way the forest is managed. Adopted by the land board in October 2011, a new management plan aims to increase annual net revenue from the forest to $13 million, up from $8 million. It would achieve this by increasing the annual timber harvest to 40 million board feet culled from 1,100 acres (450 ha), of which about three-fourths could be clearcut. The former management plan, adopted in 1995, called for 25 million board feet from 1,000 acres (400 ha), half of it clearcut.[5]

The plan also changed the way in which the forest is managed to protect threatened and endangered species such as spotted owls, marbled murrelets, and Coho salmon. Supporters of the new plan say it will benefit wildlife by making more acres off-limits to logging than had been reserved for owls, murrelets, and watershed protection under the old plan. Opponents of the plan say it will damage habitat and harm wildlife. They would prefer a plan that promotes thinning of young trees, avoids clear-cutting, and seeks other ways of raising revenue from the CSF lands.[5]

See also

References

External links

  • Cascadia Wildlands


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.