It looks as though, since Oregon's losing a million dollars a year due to continued litigation by self-described "conservation groups" like Oregon Wild, the Sierra Club, and others, the land board may try to peddle the 140 square-mile Elliot State Forest. Originally set aside to generate money for schools through timber harvesting, continued litigation from environmeddlist groups have turned a once-productive forest that generated $8 million annually for schools into a money pit.
First, the environmeddlists sued to "protect the Northern spotted owl", which they insisted needed old-growth forest in order to survive. When research later showed that they did just fine in second-growth forests - and that they were more imperiled by competition from barred owls - the environmeddlists turned their litigation into saving coho salmon and saving the marbled murrelet; the latter of which they now claim needs old-growth forest for nesting.
The fact that 70 square miles of the Elliot has never been logged, environmeddle groups continue to file lawsuit after lawsuit, which has the effect of diverting our tax dollars to lawyers rather than to forest management while depriving area schools of income. There's a lot of old growth timber in that 70 square miles, but environmeddlists claim it's insufficient and the tiny seabird needs more for nesting.
It's not as though anyone's talking about cutting that 70 square miles of old-growth; no mills today are capable of handling that, anyway.