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Land Board rejects sale, keeps Elliott State Forest in public hands

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Governor must come up with a way to finance purchase of ecologically sensitive areas of the coastal forest that was the subject of a $220 million proposed deal.

COURTESY PHOTO: JES BURNS/OPB EARTHFIX - Coast Range fog settles on the Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay.SALEM — The proposed sale of an expanse of state forest near the Southern Oregon Coast was halted unanimously Tuesday by the State Land Board.

With the May 9 decision, the governor, secretary of state and treasurer rejected a planned partnership between a Native American tribe and a Roseburg timber company to purchase the Elliott State Forest in Coos and Douglas counties for $220.8 million.

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EO MEDIA GROUPThat proposal had elicited significant opposition from environmental groups, and in the process raised questions about the state's stewardship of public lands. The offer from Lone Rock Resources and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians was rejected Tuesday, May 9, in favor of continued public ownership, though the details of how that will work have yet to be determined.



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