Starker Forests, Inc., a family-owned forestry company based in Corvallis, is pleased to celebrate our 75th Anniversary during 2011. Our founder, T.J. Starker, bought his first forestland parcel in 1936.
As part of our recognition of this milestone anniversary, we will celebrate with a public open house at our office at 7240 SW Philomath Blvd., on Saturday, July 23, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. In addition to visiting our office, a 2 1/2 hour tour to the Starker Forestry Trail near Blodgett will be offered. The trail is the site of T.J. Starker’s first forestland purchase.
Since that first purchase, Starker Forests, Inc.‘s ownership has grown to about 80,000 acres of productive forestland in five western Oregon counties; Benton, Lincoln, Polk, Lane, and Linn. Our business is sustainabe management of our forestland to produce commercial timber for use as raw material in the wood products industry. Starker Forests, Inc. employs 20 people and provides indirect employment for an additional 250 to 300 individuals in other busineesses, many of which are local and family-owned.
In addition to producing logs for lumber, plywood, and paper manufacturing, our forestland provides excellent, diverse habitats for all kinds of wildlife and an assortment of recreational opportunities. Our open house will provide a chance to learn how we manage our forests and how to use our forests for recreational activities. We grow forests – not just trees.