ORWW Elliott State Educational Forest

(L-R) Wayne Giesy, Jerry Phillips, and David Gould discuss the history and 250-foot-height of the oldest, 250-year-old Douglas Fir trees of this 52-acre preserve in the Elliott State Forest. Photo taken by Bob Zybach, July 8, 2017.

This Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc. (ORWW) educational website was created February 16, 2017 by Dr. Bob Zybach, ORWW Program Manager, and Wayne Giesy, current ORWW President. It is intended to be the principal source of information regarding the proposed 20-year "Elliott State Educational Forest" public experiment. This proposal is based on the original "Giesy Plan" for managing federal forestlands in the western US and is intended to serve as a demonstration of its practicality and opportunities for local jobs, good schools, abundant wildlife, beautiful forests, clean water, and reduced wildfire danger.

Under this proposal, the Elliott State Forest would remain in public ownership and be renamed the "Elliott State Educational Forest" for a 20-year period. The Forest would be managed during that time for the specific purposes of: producing maximum sustainable income for the Common School Fund with active manageĀ­ment of one-half of the Elliott (estimated to exceed $460 million over 20 years); producing an estimated 435+ full-time direct and indirect local jobs in Coos and Douglas counties; conducting a transparent long-term public experiment to test and compare competing "timber wars" methods of forest management; focusing on recovery and enhancement of the four major coho runs in the Elliott subbasins; maintainĀ­ing water quality of all Elliott streams; improving forest-based educational and recreational opportunities for Oregon citizens; and maintaining and improving approximately 35,000 acres of older-forest habitat conditions specifically for marbled murrelets and spotted owls on one-half of the Elliott.

Giesy Plan Alternative. The Elliott State Educational Forest proposal was submitted to the Oregon Land Board (OLB) on behalf of ORWW, Wayne Giesy, and Dr. Zybach during the February 14, 2017 OLB public meeting. An updated ORWW proposal by Giesy and Zybach was submitted during the May 9, 2017 OLB meeting . This was the first meeting in OLB's 158-year history live-streamed on the Internet and made immediately available on YouTube. Giesy and Zybach's 8-minute panel presentation is from 1:28:00 to 1:36:36 of this historic 3-hour meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTDwo0TDMRY&list=PLZ-e_V4Lk-NXNRbOH_d-uFcyaCTfiPUjE

Articles. For a time the "Giesy Plan" became known as the "Oregon Plan." In 2014 Dr. Zybach wrote: "'The Oregon Plan': An Oregonian's Solution to the Ongoing Forest Wars of the Western United States," published that year in the Spring issue of Oregon Fish & Wildlife Journal [PDF_2_MB]. Two more articles were published in the same magazine by the same author in Spring 2017, with the Elliott proposed as a potential test demonstration of the Giesy Plan: "Forest History vs. Forest Science: 1993 Elliott Management Plan" and "Elliott State Educational Forest: The Giesy Plan Alternative." [PDF_7_MB].

Interviews. A series of live radio interviews with Lars Larson (KXL 1190 FM, Portland) and Dr. Zybach regarding this proposal took place from December 12, 2016 through May 11, 2017. A recorded interview with Dr. Mark Anderson (iSpy Radio, Salem) was broadcast May 6. Interviews were timed to coincide with scheduled December 13, February 14, and May 9 public meeting dates of the OLB: December 12, 2016 Interview [10:55_min.]; February 16, 2017 Interview [7:50_min.]; May 1, 2017 Interview [9:15_min.]; May 6, 2017 Interview [15:40 min.]; May 12, 2017 Interview [6:17_min.].

Maps. These JPEG maps are selected from the reports, magazine and news articles, government records and other documents contained in this website. They show the Elliott in reference to the State of Oregon; in relation to the other State Forests; legal boundaries; streams; topography; subbasins; fire history; early historical Oregon Indian Tribes; roads and trails; marbled murrelet, spotted owl, and coho habitat; and tree ages.
Photographs. These JPEG photographs are extracted from the ORWW reports and articles by Dr. Zybach, as well as from Gould family photographs and other documentary records that are specific to the Elliott State Forest and available for public display.
References. Organized into four thematic arrangements: 1) News Articles, including newspapers, news blogs, and website posts; 2) Academic Publications include research papers, popular articles, and reports regarding scientific, economic, and political topics; 3) Agency Records include agency reports, meeting notes, public comments, and other governmental records; 4) Legal Records include recent (past five years) legal filings, judicial decisions, and commentary.

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