Elliott State Research Forest


Oregon State University (OSU) and the Oregon Department of State Lands continue working collaboratively to explore transforming the Elliott State Forest into a publicly owned state research forest.

Senate Bill 1546, passed by the Oregon Legislature in March 2022, legally established the ESRF and formation of an independent public agency to oversee it — The Elliott State Research Forest Authority (ESRFA) — which would contract with OSU to manage and conduct research on the forest. The bill also established specific requirements regarding timeline, expectations for public accountability and transparency, and mandated the ESRF’s ongoing contributions to conservation, economic growth, recreation, education and forest research.

In spring 2023, the Department of State Lands and state leaders sought a legislative amendment to extend the approved timeline for establishing the research forest and its management by OSU and the College of Forestry. This legislative amendment, Senate Bill 161, was passed in June 2023, and extends the deadline for completion of deliverables to Dec. 31, 2023. The additional time is allowing for adjustments to the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) based on public comment and input from the ESRFA Prospective Board and the Services (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service). The extended timeline also allows for any adjustments to be reflected in the forest management plan and financial plans.

Happening Now 

Upcoming ESRFA Prospective Board Meetings

  • Oct. 16, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 4, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meeting details including zoom link, meeting agenda and additional materials will be available on the Department of State Lands ESRF page, a week prior to the meeting. 

Upcoming Listening Sessions
You are invited to join the following virtual listening sessions with the OSU Elliott State Research Forest team. Updates will be shared on the forest management planning process, with an open forum for public comments.  

View information from past listening sessions at the Forest Management Plan page.