An advisory committee tasked with looking at the feasibility of turning the into a research forest managed by Oregon State University will take another year to give the State Land Board a recommendation.

But public testimony at the board's meeting Tuesday, Dec. 10, shows lukewarm interest in handing the 82,000-acre coastal forest between Coos Bay and Reedsport to OSU's College of Forestry, citing mismanagement of the school's own McDonald-Dunn Forest as reason to leave the forest as is.