(Salem, OR) -- The Elliott State Research Forest is a step closer to reality. The State Land Board, comprised of the Governor, Treasurer, and Secretary of State, has decoupled the forest from Oregon's Common School Fund. The forest will no longer need to harvest trees to contribute revenue to the fund. The Legislature dedicated 221-million dollars to the school fund to allow the action. The first board of directors for the new public agency will be established in 2024 to oversee the research forest in collaboration with Oregon State University.