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State Land Board Appoints Elliott State Research Forest Board of Directors - 06/11/24

The new board will guide management of the nation’s largest research forest, shaping research, conservation, and economic outcomes

SALEM, Ore – The State Land Board today appointed the first voting members of the Elliott State Research Forest Board of Directors. 

The six ESRF Board members appointed are: 

  • Melissa Cribbins of Coos Bay.
  • Peter Hayes of Portland. 
  • Haley Lutz of Coos Bay. 
  • Mike Kennedy of Siletz. 
  • Bob Sallinger of Portland. 
  • Keith Tymchuk of Reedsport.


Brief biographies of the ESRF Board members are available here.

Many volunteer advisory group members have contributed to advancing and shaping the ESRF over the years, bringing diverse perspectives and commitment to the State Land Board’s vision of a research forest

“This has been a remarkable journey toward a remarkable research forest, one that simply would not have been possible without the effort, engagement, compromises, and determination of all those who volunteered their time on past advisory groups,” said Department of State Lands Director Vicki L. Walker. 

Appointment of the ESRF Board will continue to ensure accountability, transparency, and meaningful engagement in operation of the Elliott as a public research forest.  The ESRF Board will guide management of the research forest, with authority to shape research, conservation, economic and social outcomes of relevance at the local, statewide, national, and international level.

The ESRF Board will ultimately consist of seven or nine voting members appointed by the State Land Board and one nonvoting member designated by the ESRF’s lead research entity. DSL will bring additional candidates forward for consideration at a future State Land Board meeting, with the goal of adding additional experience and expertise in areas of forest products or timber operations, research science or research forest management, and Indigenous interests.

The ESRF Board is anticipated to begin meeting later this month. Join DSL’s Elliott State Research Forest email list to receive meeting notices and other research forest updates.
 

About the ESRF Board of Directors: In April 2024, the State Land Board approved a research forest oversight structure that includes appointment of an ESRF Board of Directors. This oversight structure included the creation of a new ESRF Board of Directors that will: 

  • Provide advice and make recommendations to the Department regarding planning, operational implementation, fiscal and budgetary matters, research and management, reports, and other matters relevant to the effective administration and oversight of the ESRF.
  • Review materials presented by the Department as well as public input, and advance ESRF oversight, advice, and recommendations in a manner that strives to ensure consistency with the ESRF's foundational direction and documents.

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Tina Kotek, Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade and State Treasurer Tobias Read. Established by the Oregon Constitution in 1859, the Land Board oversees the state’s Common School Fund. The Department of State Lands is the Land Board’s administrative agency, managing the lands and resources that help fund Oregon’s public schools and protecting the state’s waterways and wetlands for the many benefits they provide.

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State Land Board to meet June 11 in Salem - 06/04/24

Agenda items include appointments to an Elliott State Research Forest Board of Directors, sale of subsurface rights in Marion County, and 2025-27 budgets

SALEM, Ore. – The State Land Board will meet on Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at the Department of State Lands building in Salem.
 

Agenda items the Land Board will consider include:   

  • Authorize the sale and release of 67.5 acres of subsurface minerals and geothermal rights in Marion County.
    The subsurface rights underlying Lot 1 at the Scannell Corporate Center are proposed to be sold to the surface property owner DG Strategic VII, LLC (also known as Dollar General). Currently owned by the Department of Administrative Services, the minerals cannot be developed due to zoning restrictions in this area.
     
  • Approve the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) proposed 2025-2027 Common School Fund budget of $5.18 million.
    On behalf of the Land Board and DSL, ODF manages and protects 26,173 acres of Common School Fund forestlands for the greatest benefit to the people of Oregon, consistent with the conservation of the resource and sound land management.
     
  • Several actions related to the Elliott State Research Forest:

    • Acquire the 49.33-acre Shutter Creek property for $0. 
      Located on Shutters Landing Lane in North Bend, the property includes buildings totaling approximately 62,000 square feet and is anticipated to serve as the headquarters for the Elliott State Research Forest.
       
    • Decouple the 1000 Road parcel in the Elliott State Forest from the constitutional Common School Fund and correct the delineation of lands.
      Decoupling and delineation actions, previously approved by the Land Board in December 2022, inadvertently did not include a strip of land approximately 40 feet wide and 3,000 feet long located at the eastern edge of the forest.
       
    • Appoint the first voting members of the new Elliott State Research Forest Board of Directors.
      The board will serve as a key structure in shaping the future management of the research forest through public oversight, accountability, and engagement.

The Land Board will also hear other updates regarding the Department of State Lands’ 2025-2027 budget, the Forest Management Plan for the Elliott State Research Forest, as well as the annual report for the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
 

Meeting Details and Agenda 
Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 10 a.m. 
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

The full meeting agenda and materials are available on the DSL website. The meeting will be livestreamed to the DSL YouTube channel

The public may submit written testimony or sign up to provide spoken testimony (in person, by video, or phone) during the meeting. Advanced sign-up is required, and the deadline is 10 a.m. on Monday, June 10.

If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please contact Arin Smith at 503-986-5224 or arin.n.smith@dsl.oregon.gov at least two working days prior to the meeting. 

Visitors are not permitted to bring backpacks, bags, or large purses into the Department of State Lands building prior to, during, or following Land Board meetings. Purses, medical bags, and diaper bags are permitted, but may be subject to inspection by the Oregon State Police.

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Tina Kotek, Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade, and State Treasurer Tobias Read. Established by the Oregon Constitution in 1859, the Land Board oversees the state’s Common School Fund. The Department of State Lands is the Land Board’s administrative agency, managing the lands and resources that help fund Oregon’s public schools and protecting the state’s waterways and wetlands for the many benefits they provide.

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