The Oregon Department of State Lands is developing a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for the Elliott State Forest in Oregon’s Coos and Douglas Counties. The plan will balance forest research and management activities with the conservation of rare species and their habitat on the Elliott State Forest. The Service will prepare a draft Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the potential effects of issuing an incidental take permit and approving the plan. Species that will likely be covered under the plan include the northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and Oregon Coast coho.
The Service opened a public comment period that closed June 6, 2022. We encouraged the public and stakeholders to help identify issues and alternatives for the plan.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office and NOAA Fisheries West Coast, a cooperating agency, held a virtual public meeting on May 16, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT. A closed captioned recording of the meeting is available HERE.
More information on the Elliott State Research Forest Habitat Conservation Plan is available the Oregon Department of State Lands website.