Elliot State Forest potentially finds new home with Oregon State researchers

Elliot State Forest potentially finds new home with Oregon State researchers

The massive sea of trees known as the Elliott State Forest, between Coos Bay and Reedsport, might be getting a new owner.

“When you think of a post card or a map, you think of a forest,” says Anthony S. Davis, Oregon State University’s Interim Dean.

Davis is talking about none other than the Oregon terrain.

He knows better than most the value of science from our forests.

“We have to understand, what are the range of potential future changes in how our forests will grow," Davis says.

He’s talking about climate change. One of the many topics experts research here at the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest near OSU.

“Manipulating the forest and seeing how it develops over time,” Director of OSU’s research forests Stephen Fitzgerald says. “The longer a study goes, the more information you get.”

That’s why OSU is looking to manage the Elliott State Forest after the state gave the University the green light last December.

These researchers are excited to explore research opportunities in the Elliott’s 80,000-acre forest versus their near 11,000-acre McDonald-Dunn Forest, whi