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Elliott State Forest, South Slough Reserve Reopen to Public - 09/12/22

South Slough Reserve and the Elliott State Forest have reopened to the public, following a closure due to extreme wildfire danger.

On Friday, September 9, South Slough Reserve and the Elliott were closed after the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for southwest Oregon indicating critical fire conditions. The Red Flag Warning has since been lifted, following the movement of cooler, moist weather into the region.

Oregon is still in the middle of wildfire season. Visitors are asked to help prevent wildfires by following burn restrictions and fire-safe practices when recreating at South Slough Reserve or the Elliott. 

The Department of State Lands will continue to monitor conditions. For the latest updates, visit www.oregon.gov/DSL



South Slough Reserve Seeks Member of Public to Serve on Management Commission - 09/08/22

New member will represent community, have a voice in Reserve decisions during four-year term

COOS COUNTY, Ore. ­­— South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, a protected natural area and center for coastal education, research, stewardship, and training, is now accepting applications from members of the public interested in serving on the South Slough Reserve Management Commission.

The Management Commission is the immediate governing body of South Slough Reserve. Members have a voice in operations, administrative rules, and activities. The Management Commission has guided decisions about trail expansion and enhancement, land restoration, and funding opportunities. Recently, the Management Commission approved a plan to restore 525 acres of forests, streams, and wetlands in the Reserve’s Wasson Creek watershed.

The nine members of the Management Commission are appointed by the governor for a four-year term to represent specific institutions, agencies, Tribes, and other groups. One designated member represents the public, a vacant seat South Slough Reserve is seeking to fill.

The Management Commission meets several times a year, usually in March, July, and November. Meetings typically last approximately two to three hours. Members may occasionally be asked to serve on South Slough Reserve committees or advise on significant initiatives.

How to Apply

Anyone interested in serving on the South Slough Reserve Management Commission should apply online by Friday, September 30. The selected member of the Management Commission will be announced October 2022.

Questions about the position or application can be directed to Bree Yednock, Reserve Manager, Bree.Yednock@dsl.oregon.gov,  541-888-8270 Ext. 302.


South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a protected natural area and center for coastal education, research, stewardship, and training. Located along the Coos Estuary on the south coast of Oregon, South Slough Reserve manages and studies nearly 7,000 acres of wetlands, forests, and riparian areas. Designated in 1974 as the first unit of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, South Slough Reserve is a leader in improving understanding of estuaries and coastal watersheds. The Reserve is managed in partnership by the Oregon Department of State Lands and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.