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Hunters score wins in Elliott Forest

By Ken McCall, OHA Vice President

The proposal transferring the Elliott
State Research Forest to OSU’s School of
Forestry management was approved by
unanimous vote of the State Land Board
on Dec. 8.
OHA was at the table, adding hunters’
and anglers’ voices to the call for
continued public ownership and access.
While there are a few hurdles yet to jump
in the transfer process, public ownership
and access is assured.
OHA also pushed for science-based
decision making on the level of access as
related to wildlife disturbance, primarily
focused on elk. OHA also successfully
pushed for harvest plans that ensure distribution
of complex early seral across
the landscape over time.
Among the specific points on public
ownership, access, big game habitat
and security, OHA input followed three
main themes: return the Elliott to an active
working forest, create jobs for local
economies, and continue recognizing
hunting and angling as primary traditional
uses of the forest.
Adding to the themes, OHA advocated
that any new management or recreation
development, such as campgrounds and
forest headquarters, should be located
outside the forest, maintaining the forest
lands for dispersed recreation and timber
management.
The last two years have shown OHA’s
intense participation on the Elliott State
Research Forest Advisory Committee
was key to conserving the hunting heritage
on the 82,500-acre block of central
coast range lands.
For a deeper dive into the approved
proposal, visit https://www.oregon.gov/
dsl/Land/Pages/Elliott.aspx

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