Our 24th annual Starker Forests tree planting day will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015. This event is geared for boy scouts, girl scouts and other interested youth between the ages of 7 and 12. Call our office for more information or to sign up!
Fire season has ended. We will open our gates that are normally opened for hunting season as we are able to over the next week. Thanks for your understanding about high fire danger and our plan to minimize wildfire risk to our family owned forests.
We will open gates when the Oregon Department of Forestry ends Fire Season and Regulated Use. (see West Oregon) Those with permits may walk-in to recreate on our lands. Please do not park in a way that blocks a gate. We don’t have automatic door openers on our gates (but that would be cool), so when fire season ends, it may take some time to get the gates open.
You must have a permit in hand to recreate or hunt on our lands. Our office must also have the permit in hand. We are unable to mail permits this week for access this weekend because it is unlikely that we will get the sign permit back before close of business on Friday.
If you need a permit, please come to our office.
Ackerman-Munson, Springer reappointed to Board of Forestry
Sybil Ackerman-Munson of Damascus and Gary Springer of Corvallis have been reappointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry. On Sept. 17, the Oregon State Senate confirmed the reappointment of Ackerman-Munson to a second term running July 1, 2014 â€“ June 30, 2018. Springerâ€™s second term is May 1, 2014 â€“ April 30, 2018.
Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted the two nominations to the Senate rules Committee on Aug. 25.
Ackerman-Munson has her own small business as an advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in effective grant making. She currently serves as a consultant for the Resources Legacy Fund, Burning Foundation, Gray Family Foundation, and Jubitz Family Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Lazar Foundation.
She was previously employed by many prestigious environmental organizations and has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to craft solutions to complex policy challenges. In addition to her position on the Board of Forestry, she has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governorâ€™s Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan revision subcommittee.
Springer is a staff forester with Starker Forests, Inc. and also handles policy and public outreach duties for the family-owned company. In addition, he owns and manages an 80-acre tree farm in Harlan. He holds a baccalaureate in general humanities from Oregon State University. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Springer was a partner in Springer Logging, his familyâ€™s contract logging business. He has served on a variety of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee and the Committee for Family Forestlands.
He currently serves on the Oregon Small Woodlands Association and Oregon Society of American Foresters executive committees, and on research advisory committees at the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry. He has also served on the Oregon Forest Resources Institute board.
Ackerman-Munson and Springer were appointed to their first terms on the Board of Forestry in 2010 by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
The Board of Forestry consists of seven governor-appointed members, with the Oregon State Forester serving as secretary. The term of office is four years, and no member may serve more than two consecutive full terms. The mission of the board is to lead Oregon in implementing policies and programs that promote management of Oregonâ€™s public and private forests that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
More information on the Board of Forestry is available at: www.oregonforestry.gov.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry