Park Board Gets Update on Starke County Forest


The Starke County Forest is starting to build up some savings. It’s designed to be a self-sufficient park facility, with timber sales being the main funding source. Forester Bruce Wakeland told the Starke County Park Board Tuesday that the forest will soon have enough money on hand to start looking at some improvement projects.

The forest recently got $8,500 by selling timber to Northern Wood Products. Wakeland reported that logging is complete, and he found no issues during a final inspection.

Wakeland also told the park board that he rented out the forest to hunters over the Thanksgiving weekend. He said he does this every year to help control the deer population, but also to raise some extra money for the forest, typically around $300.

Wakeland also told board members that he continues making improvements to the facility. He said he’s upgraded a bridge, to make it easier for people to get across the spillway, and he also recently graded the walking trails