Our latest Tree Planting Day was a great success. Check out the pictures and video!
Happy New Year 2013! We have several items to tell you about this January.
First, our annual Tree Planting Day for boy/girl scouts is Saturday, January 26th. Call our office at 541-929-2477 for more information or to sign up.
Most of our recreation permits that are issued expire at the end of each calendar year. Please come by our office to get a new permit for 2013 if you recreate on our lands. You can change the location or tree farms that you are permitted to use anytime during the year by calling our office.
Each summer we hire a seasonal crew of mostly college students to assist us with our forest management objectives. The work period is mid-June to mid-September. The work can include firefighting, brushing roads, tree farm maintenance, and sampling our tree stands to measure tree stocking and growth. Applications will be accepted for these positions until February 19, 2013. Call our office for more information.
Lastly, we issue firewood cutting permits during the non-fire season. Recently we have had a number of storms that have caused blowdown (trees falling over) on our forestlands. We have suspended all firewood permits until we can salvage the blowdown. This means that we cut the fallen trees to proper lengths so that we can sell them to mills. That makes the tree much more valuable than cutting it up for firewood!
Now that the rain has been falling for a few weeks, it is easy to quickly forget about fire season. The Oregon Department of Forestry provides landowners with a update about the 2012 fire season. This year, there were 23 human caused industrial fires on ODF protected lands that involved 66 acres. The causes for the largest fires in this industrial category included a warming fire, logging equipment fires and a fire caused by a cable logging system. ODF reports that the 10-year average is 26 fires and 338 acres burned. Of note is that there were no fires between the middle of September and the middle of October, when fire danger was extremely high.
Forest landowners and operators work hard to stay prepared for fires by training, maintaining equipment and carrying the proper firefighting equipment on logging operations. Their hard work pays off when there are very few fires or very few acres are burned during the fire season.
Effective Monday, October 15, 2012, Starker Forests lands are open to the public for recreational use.
Gates will be opened as we are able to open them. Walk-in hunting ok. Please do not block gate. For those driving in, please avoid logging operations. Log trucks have the right of way on forest roads.
Due to the lack of any precipitation, the managers at Starker Forests have made a decision to keep our lands closed to recreational use until at least Monday, October 15th.
Our lands will not be open for hunting this weekend. This does not mean the lands will open on Monday. Decision to open lands to hunting and other recreation is weather dependent. We will let you know right here or you can find us on Facebook.