Starker Forests manages its lands for timber production, clean water and wildlife habitat. As your forestland neighbor for 80 years, we welcome public access to our forestlands. Users are required to obtain a permit from our office. In 2020, Starker Forests issued over 3,000 permits to access our lands. Most permits are free of charge. Many of our gates are opened during the deer and elk season, allowing permittees to drive vehicles in our forests. During other times of the year, be sure not to drive through an open gate, as it could be closed and locked at any time!
Activities we commonly give permits for include:
- Walking, hiking or running
- Horseback riding
- Mountain bike riding
- Wildlife and plant photography
- Berry picking
- Bird watching
- Christmas tree hunting (fee)
- Firewood cutting (fee)
- Boy Scout/Girl Scout special activities
- Digging plants for home landscaping
- Dog exercising and training
Permits are not issued for mushroom picking or camping.
When you obtain a permit from Starker Forests, you agree to the following guidelines:
- Permits must be displayed on dash of vehicle when parked outside a gate.
- Do not block gate when parking vehicle. Vehicles blocking gates can be towed.
- No smoking
- No fires
- No camping
- No target shooting
- Obey posted signs
- No littering or garbage dumping; take your trash with you when you leave.
- Do not damage trees, roads, gates or equipment.
- Do not drive on dirt roads.
- No parking on adjacent landowner’s property without permission.
- No ATVs or motorcycles, unless riding as a member of the Flat Mountain Riders in specific locations and at specific times. Contact the Flat Mountain Riders for motorcycling riding in the Flat Mountain vicinity.
- No ebikes.
- Comply with all state laws regarding hunting and fishing.
- Report illegal activities to local law enforcement.
Access may be restricted on our lands, especially during fire season.
For your safety, please avoid active logging operations.
Starker Forests lands are routinely patrolled by law enforcement. Please, follow our rules and the law!