Nov 15, 2018
Oregon Department of State Lands,
I believe the consensus report to offer very helpful and valid information that will assist us, as stakeholders in the Elliott, to ensure that this forest continue to be a vital asset to the entire State of Oregon.
I look forward to hearing what OSU might present in December. The Elliott is so diverse in its forest ecology and it has much to offer in the study and cultivation of more natural forest practices. Opportunity for field research and facilities in the Elliott are phenomenal. Native salmon population should be a key factor in this conversation.
Tribal interests are extremely important and are key to restoring a lost connection to the natural world. Watching log barge after barge from Tribal Lands, being loaded and exported from Coos Bay to markets overseas is difficult to witness. With strong leadership, I believe that Tribal influence in the Elliott should shift from resource extraction and focus on native tradition and culturally enriching opportunities. Survival skills training, hunting, fishing and medicinal knowledge can be revitalized for the youth and prosperity of Native Heritage.
There are many potential directions still ahead (many undiscovered) and decisions that need to be made concerning one of Oregon's most valuable assets. The future health of this region depends on strong leadership, not just "business as usual." These opportunities lend to more creative avenues yet to be explored.
As a lifelong resident of Allegany and having been fully engaged throughout the process that has lead to the decoupling of the Common School Fund from the Elliott, I am pleased to continue shaping the future of our unique and diverse emerald forest. Far too long have we removed precious resource from this land, striving to maintain a sustainable harvest, pressured by the timber industries desire to increase yield in order to maximize monetary gain. I will forever act as steward of the Elliott State Forest and ensure just and intelligent decisions be made by any said owner or manager of this land. I am of this land and I stand as a voice for the natural world, that is all too often ignored.