For the past three years, Portland Audubon and other conservation organizations have served on an Elliott State Stakeholder Advisory Group charged with charting a new path forward for the Elliott. We now have the opportunity to put in place strong, durable protections for the Elliott, its older forests, and its imperiled species.
We are strongly supporting Senate Bill 1546 (-1) which would create a new Elliott State Research Forest publicly owned by the State of Oregon, with a board appointed by the Oregon Land Board, strong accountability mechanisms, and managed by Oregon State University. This legislation has strong support from the environmental community. It is also unanimously supported by the diverse members of the stakeholder committee which included tribes, educational interests, recreational interests, and timber interests. SB 1546 (-1) creates the opportunity to move the Elliott from decades of conflict into a new era of consensus based conservation.
We need your help to ensure that SB 1546 (-1) passes. Please send an email to the legislature today and let them know that you support SB 1546 (-1) and the accompanying funding request from Governor Kate Brown. Key talking points include the following:
- I strongly support passage of SB 1546 (-1) and the accompanying funding request from the Governor which would create a new Elliott State Research Forest owned by the State of Oregon and managed by Oregon State University with strong environmental protections and strong accountability mechanisms;
- This legislation is the product of years of work by diverse stakeholders including conservation groups, tribes, recreational interests, educational interests, timber interests and counties and will advance the Elliott into a new era of consensus driven conservation and research.
- Creation of a new Elliott State Research Forest would secure strong environmental protections including:
- Creation of a 34,000 acres reserve, the largest reserve in the Oregon Coast Range.
- Protection for more than 90% of the Elliott’s older forests.
- Strong protections for Northern Spotted Owls, Marbled Murrelets and coho salmon.
- A management structure that would ensure that the Elliott increases in both age and complexity over time.
- This is a unique opportunity to end decades of conflict over the Elliott and advance legislation that will ensure strong environmental protections, important research, strong accountability, and public ownership.
Please address emails by no later than Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 to: “Dear Oregon Legislators” and send to the following: