Elliott State Research Forests: Forest Management Planning

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

As part of the process, OSU is leading the Elliott State Research Forest (ESRF) management planning efforts. Forest management planning for the forest began in October 2021. The tabs below detail key milestones as part of OSU’s forest management planning scope of work. Key documents, public engagement opportunities, and updates to the process will be shared and available on this website.

For questions or comments about the forest management planning process, please email elliott.research@oregonstate.edu to ensure they will be reviewed by the OSU forest management planning team.

HAPPENING NOW

Upcoming Listening Sessions

October: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

ESRF Forest Management Plan (FMP) Listening Session

A public listening session will be held on Tuesday, October 18 to discuss recent drafts of the Forest Management Plan being developed by OSU. This is a time for the public to share their thoughts and provide any input regarding the FMP. This is an in-person session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Southwestern Oregon Community College, Umpqua Hall room 184

An opportunity to attend the meeting virtually via Zoom, as a spectator, will be available. For those planning to view the session virtually, comments or questions will need to be emailed to Elliott.Research@oregonstate.edu ahead of time with “Draft Comments” as the subject line. Deadline to email comments/questions is Friday, October 14th. 

Please RSVP HERE: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1EUNpljMrPMnKZg

Direct questions to: Elliott.research@oregonstate.edu 

 

PREVIOUS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

ESRF Forest Management Plan (FMP) Listening Session
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 

A public listening session was held on Tuesday, September 27th to discuss recent drafts of the Forest Management Plan being developed by OSU. This was a time for the public to share their thoughts and provide any input regarding the FMP.

The goals of this listening session was to:

  1. Provide updates about the timeline and process for ongoingESRF plan development.
  2. Engage with the public about questions, comments, and input on  FMP drafts. 

* Recent draft of sections of the Forest Management Plan (FMP) can be accessed through the Department of State Lands Elliott page. 

Information gathered at this session will help contribute to the further development of the ESRF forest management plan. Thank you to all that attended the listening session. To request a recording of the listening session, please email Elliott.research@oregonstate.edu.

 

Elliott State Research Forest (ESRF) Recreation and Education Listening Session 
Monday, August 29, 2022 

A public listening session was held on Monday, August 29, 2022 to discuss planning for recreation and education on the Elliott State Research Forest. 

The goals of this listening session was to:

  1. Provide updates about the timeline and process for upcoming ESRF plan development
  2. Engage with the public about current and expected future recreational and educational uses of the forest

*Thank you to everyone who attended the Elliott State Research Forest – Recreation and Education Listening Session. Due to technical difficulties, the visual and audio recording of the meeting was unable to capture much of the great resources and information that was learned by speaking with residents and panelists. We sincerely apologize to those that were interested in joining the discussion remotely but were impacted by the technology issues. We are still interested in hearing from you on the current and future ways you envision the forest for both recreation and education. The survey link remains open (Elliott State Research Forest Recreation & Education Activities Survey), and we would appreciate your input. Feedback received will be reviewed during the FMP development process and as separate recreation and education plans are created for the Elliott State Research Forest. Additionally, you are welcome to bring your feedback to upcoming listening sessions or email us at Elliott.Research@oregonstate.edu

 

FMP Personnel

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Core team

Shannon Murray, Project Director

Jennifer Bailey-Guerrero, Project Coordinator

Katy Kavanagh, Associate Dean of Research

Molly Siewell, Administrative Assistant