Elliott State Forest Archives


In December 2018, the State Land Board directed DSL and OSU to begin examining the Elliott State Research Forest concept. DSL and OSU then launched an exploratory process. DSL convened an Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee, and OSU established an exploratory committee within its College of Forestry. DSL and OSU also engaged tribes, local governments, state agencies and stakeholders in conversation, and held public events and listening sessions. Additionally, the research forest concept was incorporated into the in-progress habitat conservation planning process. 

An update on progress made was presented to the Land Board on Dec. 10, 2019. 

The Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee also delivered a unanimous statement to the Board recommending that work continue. Read the Committee statement.   

2019 DSL Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee meeting summaries and materials:

               April 10, 2019

               May 1, 2019

               May 30, 2019

               June 25, 2019

               July 30, 2019

               August 22, 2019

               September 25, 2019

               October 24-25, 2019

               November 8, 2019

               November 21, 2019


To learn more about the process led by the State of Oregon Department of State Lands, please visit the Elliott State Forest website.

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OSU Listening Sessions: Summary

2019 Elliott State Research Forest Feasibility Study - College of Forestry Work Plan
DSL Response to Recent OSU Harvest in the McDonald Forest
Oregon State University College of Forestry Seeking Qualified Consultant for Carbon Assessment & Financial Modeling for an Elliott State Research Forest
Oregon Department of State Lands and Oregon State University Memorandum of Understanding
The Oregon Consensus Report on the Elliott State Forest: Next step considerations for decoupling from Oregon’s Common School Fund
Oregon Consensus Report Comment Summary and Complete Comments Received
November 2018 Potential public owners of Elliott State Forest asked to indicate interest
August 2017 Memo to State Land Board

2018 Financial Analysis Presented to DSL Advisory Committee

Exploring Public Ownership 

Keeping the Elliott State Forest publicly owned is essential to the State Land Board's vision for the forest. As the Department of State Lands and Oregon State University began exploring creation of the Elliott State Research Forest, the initial assumption was that OSU would both own and manage the forest. In engaging with stakeholders and the public over the past few years, we have realized broadening our exploration of ownership options could help us successfully achieve all elements of the Land Board's vision. 

Establishing a stand-alone entity to own the forest will help ensure the creation of an enduring world-class research forest in Oregon that is governed with the accountability and transparency that Oregonians expect.

Legislation is needed to establish an independent public agency, overseen by a board of directors, with the authorities necessary to carry out the research forest's stated mission. Development of a formal legislative concept for the 2022 legislative session is underway. Collaborative work with the Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee has identified key elements that legislation should include. 

Weekly Legislative Concept Drop-Ins
DSL is hosting weekly drop-in meetings via Zoom to provide updates, hear input, and answer questions regarding development of the legislative concept. 

Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. via Zoom - No Drop-in December 7
Join the Zoom meeting
Join by phone: 253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 840 5975 6344
Zoom meeting passcode: 4Elliott! 
Phone passcode: 545760847 

Habitat Conservation Planning in Progress

On October 8, 2021, DSL submitted the Elliott State Research Forest Administrative Draft Habitat Conservation Plan to federal agencies for review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Read the Department's submittal letter.

Working Draft HCP and Resources

Committees and workgroups involved in the Elliott State Research Forest exploratory process

A number of workgroups and committees have been assembled and charged with representing stakeholder interests and providing guidance to OSU and DSL through the process of exploring the Elliott State Research Forest concept. Information on ESRF committee and workgroups can be found below. 

DSL Elliott State Research Forest Advisory Committee

Convened by the Department of State Lands (Facilitated by Oregon Consensus)

Advises the Department of State Lands and Land Board

Composed of community leaders representing varied perspectives. ESRF Advisory Committee Roster


Purpose: To provide insight and input to DSL on key elements of a proposed plan to transfer management of the Elliott State Forest to OSU to operate as a research forest.


OSU Elliott State Research Forest Exploratory Committee

Convened by Oregon State University College of Forestry

Advises Dean of OSU College of Forestry

Composed of College of Forestry faculty.

Purpose: Assembled to maximize participation and dialogue in the College around the feasibility and opportunity for establishing an Elliott State Research Forest. Charged with collaboratively developing the vision and goals that would position the Elliott State Research Forest to serve as a world-leading source of scientific knowledge and discovery to advance forest management and conservation.

Katy Kavanagh (committee chair)
Shannon Murray
Meg Krawchuk
Ashley D’Antonio
Matt Betts
Klaus Peuttmann
Ben Leshchinsky
John Sessions
Jenniffer Bakke (Chair for the Fish & Wildlife Habitat in Managed Forests Research Program and Environmental Services Manager with Hancock Forest Management)
Clark Binkley (Chair, Advisory Board, OSU Institute for Working Forest Landscapes)

Financial & Carbon Modeling Workgroup
Convened by Oregon State University College of Forestry
Composed of internal and external experts
Purpose: Workgroup will produce a strategy and scoping document that assesses the potential to monetize available carbon on the Elliott. Articulate the steps needed to implement a plan that would contribute to a financial model that will create a self-sustaining research forest that is decoupled from the common school fund.

  • Tom Tuchmann (US Forest Capital, lead contractor)
  • Mark Rassmusen (Mason Bruce & Girard)
  • John Sessions (OSU)
  • Chuck Kerchner (Spatial Informatics Group)

External Science Advisory Panel

Convened by Oregon State University College of Forestry (Facilitated by Oregon Consensus)

Advises Dean of OSU College of Forestry

Composed of scientists and subject matter experts. Science Advisory Panel Roster

Purpose: The panel will advise the Dean of the College of Forestry on the scientific and operational opportunities and challenges that emerge as OSU works to develop a comprehensive proposal. Panel will provide outside perspective and expertise, ensuring the scientific integrity of the research charter and associated research design.

Jennifer Allen, Portland State University; Panel Convener and Associate Professor of Public Administration

Cassandra Moseley, University of Oregon; Senior Associate VP for Research and Innovation and Director of Ecosystem Workforce Program, Inst. for a Sustainable Environ.
Eric White, US Forest Service; Research Social Scientist
Gwen Busby, GreenWood Resoures, Inc.; Director of Economic Research
Linda Nagel, Colorado State University; Department Head, Professor of Silviculture
Mark Swanson, Washington State University; Associate Professor, School of the Environment
Matt Sloat, Wild Salmon Center; Director of Science
Ryan Haugo, The Nature Conservancy; Director of Conservation Science
Serra Hoagland, US Forest Service; Liaison Officer (Biologist)