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.


OSU Elliott State Research Forest Public Information Session - Financial analysis
Dec 21, 2021 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

(View the recorded session)

Oregon State University’s Elliott State Research Forest team conducted a public information session on Tuesday, December 21st, from 5:30-7pm PST. ESRF Director Shannon Murray gave a presentation on the December 2021 financial analysis, which models estimates for start-up and ongoing costs associated with an Elliott State Research Forest. The presentation included an open discussion in a Q&A format, moderated by Paul Odenthal of Oregon State University. 

OSU FMP Drafting Milestones

November 2021

  • Begin outlining Forest Management Plan (FMP) sections.

December 2021

  • Finalize FMP Table of Contents. Prepare FMP scope.

January 2022

  • Begin to draft four to five key research projects as outlined in Elliott State Research Forest proposal.

February 2022

  • Begin drafting the data management plan.
  • Continue to develop and refine the four to five key research projects as outlined in Elliott State Research Forest proposal.

March 2022

  • Compile initial components for a conceptual monitoring plan.
  • Begin drafting the introduction section of the FMP.

April 2022

  • Begin draft of the proposed adaptive management phased implementations across watersheds.
  • Begin draft of the experimental designs used for landscape analysis.

May 2022

  • Continue to draft four to five key research projects as outlined in Elliott State Research Forest proposal.
  • Update data management plan.

June 2022

  • Update and further develop conceptual monitoring components framework, begin finalizing based off of some landscape analysis work.
  • Begin drafting the modeling section of the FMP.

July 2022

  • Update monitoring plan framework. Begin drafting the monitoring plan.
  • Begin drafting the HCP components sections of the FMP.

August 2022

  • Begin writing the landscape analysis section of the FMP.
  • Begin drafting the experimental design section of the FMP.

September 2022

  • Continue the draft of the landscape analysis section of FMP.
  • Draft the financial sections of the FMP.

October 2022

  • Submit partial draft of key sections of the FMP for feedback.

November 2022

  • Finalize the partial draft of key sections.

December 2022

  • Present the partial draft of key sections to the State Land Board. 

January - August 2023

  • Finalize the draft FMP based on feedback, updated analysis, and modeling.

September 2023

  • Prepare the final FMP for presentation to State Land Board.