Elliott State Forest Audubon 5

A hiker walks across a fallen log in the Elliott State Forest. The State Land Board plans to give a status update on the Elliott State Forest at its Oct. 17 meeting.

COURTESY OF JOE METZLER

The State Land Board plans to provide informational updates regarding the Common School Fund real property and the Elliott State Forest, a 82,500-acre forest in Douglas and Coos Counties, from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at the Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St., Salem.

The state had previously put the Elliott up for sale to send revenue to the Common School Fund, which supports K-12 public schools. In May, the State Land Board — comprising Gov. Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read — voted to terminate the sale protocol and keep the land publicly owned.

The board directed the Department of State Lands to work toward a public option that would allow the state to meet its commitment to the Common School Fund.

Along with the status report on the Elliott and management of Common School Fund real property, the meeting will include an annual update from the Oregon Ocean Science Trust. The board will be asked to adopt proposed amendments to rules regarding the placement of ocean renewable energy facilities.

If attendees need assistance due to a disability, they can notify Arin Smith at 503-986-5224 or arin.n.smith@state.or.us at least two working days before the meeting.

To live stream the meeting, visit http://bit.ly/2kDpJC8 and to view the agenda visit http://bit.ly/2xx3M8R.

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or ehoard@nrtoday.com. Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at ehoard@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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InDWoods

The reason they were going to sell the land in the first place was because they could not effectively manage it for timber resources due to excessive environmental regulation and legal challenges from environmental groups. So how are they supposed to produce sufficient revenues now? Tourism? Please, give me a break. Might as well raise state taxes some more.

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