The Elliott State Forest is one of the crown jewels of the Oregon Coast Range. It is a stronghold for federally listed marbled murrelets, northern spotted owls, and Coho salmon, and has some of the last remaining old-growth forests left in Oregon State forests. The Elliott has historically been one of Oregon's most conflicted landscapes, but in recent years, stakeholders have come together to forge a new collaborative path forward.
In this presentation, Bob Sallinger provides an update on the creation of an Elliott State Research Forest. Sallinger has been working to protect the Elliott for more than a decade, including serving on the current provisional board of directors of the Elliott. Bob discusses how process is still on track and how it will still provide strong protections for the Elliott's imperiled wildlife and mature forests going forward.