The Elliott isn’t known by many people. The extensive forest contains mostly mature growth trees and pockets of old growth that are home to endangered marbled murrelets. But the locals don’t care much about a bird the size of a potato; they hunt and fish and some work in the logging industry. But when the State made a plan to sell off the Elliott, things changed. The fight to save the Elliott from privatization brought together an unlikely crowd, including a handful of activists that decided that the best way to save the forest would be to move there. In the years since, they’ve become a crucial link between the rural residents of Coos County and the environmental nonprofits of the cities. They’re no longer transplants: they’ve become locals.