The Starker Chair in Private and Family Forestry

The Starker Chair in Private and Family Forestry was made possible by the 1995 gift of a 260-acre demonstration forest from the late Elizabeth Starker Cameron of Corvallis.

Mrs. Cameron owned Starker Forest Inc. along with her two sons, Bond and Barte Starker. The Starker brothers continue to operate the family business as a progressive, non-industrial forest products company that owns and manages about 63,000 acres of forest land in the central Oregon Coast Range.

Ongoing revenues from the donated tract fund research and Extension outreach on issues of private forest management, including the establishment of an endowed chair that will provide leadership in the field.

The Starker family has a long history at Oregon State, starting with the late Thurman James "T.J." Starker, Mrs. Cameron's father-in-law, who was a graduate of OSU's first forestry class in 1910. T. J. Starker taught at the School of Forestry from 1922 to 1942 and played a major role in the acquisition of the school's first research forest land. His son, the late Bruce Starker, and grandsons Bond and Barte, all earned forestry degrees at OSU.

In addition to benefiting the College of Forestry, Mrs. Cameron also specified that $1 million from the sale of timber from the land would go toward the renovation of the Valley Library.


Tamara Cushing

In 2014 Tammy Cushing came to Oregon State and was named the Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry and assistant professor in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management. Her research focuses on financial decision-making and tax impacts on private forest landowners. In addition to teaching, she has responsibilities in Extension related to educating forest landowners and professionals about the business side of forestry including economics, policy, and management.

Prior to coming to Oregon State, Cushing was a faculty member at Clemson University in South Carolina and at the University of Kentucky. She holds a doctorate in forest finance from the University of Georgia, a master's in forest economics and a Master of Taxation from Mississippi State University, and an undergraduate degree in forestry from the University of Florida.


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