Join us in Salem for a march to the Dec. 9th State Land Board meeting! The State Land Board will meet at 9am to hear recommendations from the Department of State Lands about the future of the Elliott.
Help us continue our fight against privatization and demand a better solution that ends clearcutting in the Elliott forever!
The march will meet on the Oregon State Capitol steps at 8am. Cascadia Forest Defenders has a skit to perform for you! We will make some noise and then march to the Department of State Lands where we will see what the Kitzy, Kate and Ted have in store for the Elliott.
A carpool is leaving from Eugene at 6:30 from the Grower's Market parking lot.
Bring signs, noise makers, energy and friends!
See you then!
Fall Mushroom Hike with Coast Range Forest Watch
WHEN: 11am - 3pm on November 8
WHERE: The Elliott State Forest, near Reedsport!
Gather gourmet mushrooms (we hear there are chanterelles all over the place out there!), practice identifying Coast Range fungi, and see why everyone is so excited about protecting the beautiful and ancient Elliott State Forest. Hosted by Coast Range Forest Watch, a Coos Bay-based citizen science group. For information about rideshares from Eugene, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Future of the Elliott State Forest: Town Hall
WHEN: 7pm on November 17
WHERE: Cozmic (199 West 8th Ave)
The Elliott has been in the news a lot lately. We have about a million questions about it, and we're sure you do too. Learn more about the proposed management alternatives for the 91,000 acre forest and hear insights from a panel featuring perspectives from scientists, Coos County landowners, lawyers, and hunters. The conversation will be moderated by Camilla Mortensen of the Eugene Weekly.
A Guide to Public Comments:
Send public comment by October 10th to the Department of State Lands to oppose the privatization of the Elliott State Forest.
Sending public comment is easy, quick and one of the most effective things you could do right now to effect the decision of the State Land Board. You simply send your opinion via email to email@example.com
to be considered.
The State Land Board is preparing to make a decision on December 9th on the future of the Elliott State Forest. Among six options, complete privatization is on the table, as well as a state buy-out option that could return the forest into the hands of the community. The most critical thing that any Oregonian can do to effect this decision is to make a public comment.
Tell the State Land Board that you oppose the privatization of the Elliott, that public land is valuable to you and you don't want it to be sold. Tell them you support the Public Agency Transfer, which would turn the Elliott into a Forest Reserve.
Here are some arguments you could make in your comments:
- The Elliott is home to the federally listed Marbled Murrelet, Northern Spotted Owl and Coastal Coho Salmon. Selling the forest to a timber company will turn it into a tree farm and will critically endanger the habitat of these species between 1997 and 2012 22% of Coho Salmon returning to the region were linked to the Elliott; every year, more than 40,000 Coho can be attributed to the Elliott's rivers and streams.
- Public land is important for hunting, fishing, recreation, carbon sequestration and the conservation of biodiversity in coastal rainforests.
- Many of the proposed alternatives for Elliott management continue to fund education through logging. Is this a situation that you are interested in seeing persist? Tell the Land Board you would like to see state funding for schools decoupled from timber harvest.
- The argument for privatization only takes into account revenue made from cutting timber. Are there no other sources of funding for education? Does the Oregon economy run on timber? Is that the only future for Oregon's economy?
- Is the only value of a forest in how much money it is worth?
Please write comments to the State Land Board and keep up with the news about this forest. We are at a critical point, where the next few months will set the course for the Elliott's fate for a long time to come. Help us protect this ecosystem.