The Elliott State Forest

Our efforts have centered around protecting one of the Coast Range’s last remaining gems—the Elliott State Forest. The forest contains roughly 90,000 acres of mixed-conifer temperate rain forest and is located on the southern Oregon coast. The forest is the ancestral homeland of the Hanis Coos, Miluk Coos, Quiich peoples which are bands of the Confederated Tribes Coos Lower Umpqua Siulsaw Indians.

Since 2012, the State of Oregon has been grappling with management of the Elliott. In 2012 the State was sued for illegally logging protected habitat. In response to temporarily losing timber revenue, elected officials at the Land Board decided to privatize the Elliott and spent years moving in this direction. The State Land Board has since reversed course. After scrapping the privatization plan, the Department of State Lands has been creating a Habitat Conservation Plan and exploring management as an Oregon State University research forest. The timeline for the plan is long and could take years to finalize.

While many people around the region have advocated to keep the Elliott State Forest public and protected, not everyone knows how to find their way around the forest. The forest has never been managed for recreation or tourism. There are few maps of the area. Even if you have a road map, you need to know where to look. We decided to create a Recreation Map of the Elliott State Forest. We hope with this map, more people who care about this forest know where to go to find places to hike and camp.

Download our Recreation Map of the Elliott

Directions for downloading and how to use this Geo-referenced PDF on your mobile device with the AVENZA app.

  1. On your phone, go to the App Store and search for an app called Avenza PDF Maps. Click ‘Open’ then ‘Install App’.
  2. Create a username and password, the app is free to use and has upgrades to purchase.
  3. Be sure that your location service (GPS) is turned on.
  4. Download the Elliott State Forest Recreation Map using the link above.
  5. Once the file has downloaded, select to open in the Avenza app.
  6. Wait for the map to load onto the app.
  7. This should bring you to your home page in the Avenza app.
  8. In the My Maps page you should see the Elliott Recreation Map.
  9. Once your location is on the map you will appear as a dot, allowing you to navigate even if you leave cell service. Note: the GPS may not work properly unless there is a clear view of the sky.