48 potential Elliott State Forest buyers emerge

The “expression of interest” deadline was Tuesday.

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A total of 48 groups or individuals are formally vying to buy the Elliott State Forest.

The “expression of interest” deadline from the state was Tuesday.

The long list of potential buyers is surprising, and encouraging, said Brian Jennings, state outreach coordinator for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers in Oregon.

However, it’s unlikely that many of the letter-writers could buy the property on their own, and some acknowledged that they are only seeking input on the forest’s management.

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Timber groups, conservation groups, local governments and Indian tribes have all expressed interest.

“The object is to find a proposed acquisition plans for the property, first of all and foremost that meet the need to compensate the Common School Fundfor the fair market value for the property,” Potter says.  

Potter says a successful bid will also guarantee public access to half the forest, create 40 full-time jobs, reserve a quarter of the forest for old growth habitat and protect fish.


The list of potential buyers:

  • A-1 Timber Consultants, Inc.

  • Audubon Society of Portland

  • Bureau of Land Management

  • Cascadia Forest Defenders

  • Cascadia Wildlands

  • Coast Range Forest Watch

  • Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

  • Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

  • Conservation Capital, LLC

  • Conservation Forestry Partners, LLC

  • Coos County

  • Coos Watershed Association

  • Coquille Indian Tribe

  • Cow Creek Bank of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

  • Douglas County

  • Douglas Timber Operators

  • Ecotrust

  • Ecotrust Forest Management

  • Forest Investment Associates

  • Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics

  • Hutchinson, Theron – North Bend, OR

  • League of Women Voters of Oregon

  • Lone Rock Timber Management Co.

  • New Forests Inc.

  • North Bend School District

  • Oregon Board of Forestry/Department of Forestry

  • Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club

  • Oregon Coast Alliance

  • Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited

  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters

  • Oregon State University College of Forestry

  • Oregon Solutions

  • Oregon Wild

  • Pacific Forest Trust

  • Quantum Group et al

  • Reavis, Kelsey – Lakeside, OR

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

  • Roseburg – RLC Industries Co.

  • Schwarz, Samuel – Coos Bay, OR

  • Seitz, Cathy, Grants Pass, OR

  • Shamet, Barbara – Allegany OR

  • Stillwater Sciences

  • The Conservation Fund


  • Trust for Public Land

  • U.S. Federal Agency Collaboration

  • U.S. Forest Capital, LLC

  • U.S. Forest ServiceWild Salmon Center

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