Starker Forestry Tour
This site provides insight into managed forest habitats on the fringe of the valley. The range of forest ages host a good variety of bird species, including Hairy Woodpecker in the mature stands, and Hermit Warbler during migration. Signboards inform on the life cycle of managed forests. A free entry permit is required and can be picked up at the office, at 7240 Philomath Highway (US 20) between Corvallis and Philomath. Office hours are 8-4:30 M-F. You may also call 541.929.2477 ahead of time and ask for a permit to be mailed or faxed. The permit is good for access to the entire forest, not just the self-guided hiking loop.
From Philomath go W on US Hwy 20 for 11 mi to Blodgett. Continue 0.5 mi past the Blodgett Store and turn L on Blodgett Rd. Turn R at the T intersection (about 100 ft) and then L on Tum Tum Rd just past the school (less than 0.1 mi). Follow Tum Tum Rd (gravel) 1.5 mi and turn R at sign for Starker Forest Tour. Follow this road 0.1 mi to a gravel parking lot on L.