Do not sell Elliott State Forest in Oregon
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Defying the will of most Oregonians, our elected leaders in Salem are deep into a process to privatize the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest northeast of Coos Bay.
More than likely, this treasured rain forest will be snatched up by equity investors looking to maximize revenue, which will mean more clear-cuts, muddied rivers and “private property” signs, and less access to some of the finest public lands in Western Oregon. The disposal process should be jettisoned immediately and replaced by one that embraces values Oregonians hold closely.
We cannot leave our public owned land in hands of private interests, corporations and/or individuals, these people take everything from it,and when are done, they return it to us(the public and the state) and then we have to create superfunds in order to recoup them. Then after in 200 years when nobody remembers anything the cycle begins again. Private interests manipulate all the legislative around the world to defund all public services and ownership in order to make the states sell/rent/giveaway services so the private interest can make many of them. So in order to make money everything is degraded/cut or abandoned.
The State Land Board, made up of Gov. Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins and Treasurer Ted Wheeler, needs a fresh approach that recognizes the many important public values Elliott supports while generating income for the school trust fund.
The State Land Board should also be reminded of the passion many Oregonians hold for public lands.
This is part of an article in the The Register-Guard, July 16, 2016.Picture is from David Tvedt, from http://www.tvedtsundphotography.com
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