Logger of the Year Award

Recognizing Missouri's Conservation Loggers

Every year we give awards to loggers who have demonstrated good working relationships with landowners and foresters, caused minimal damage to remaining trees and resources on the harvest site, used best management practices to prevent soil erosion, have the desire to address wildlife management concerns, and use proper forest management techniques.

Award Criteria

Loggers can’t apply for the Logger of the Year Award, but professional foresters may nominate them based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a logger operating in Missouri
  • Must have completed the Professional Timber Harvester’s Training Program sponsored by the Missouri Forest Products Association and be current with the qualifications (or equivalent training if the logger is an out-of-state resident)
  • Must be practicing sustainable forest management, including good forest product utilization and be implementing best management practices
  • Must have low residual tree damage on their harvests
  • Must be practicing safe work habits and preferably using all the safety equipment
  • Must have no recent complaints or issues working with landowners and foresters on timber sales.

Award Categories

The award is given at two levels: regional and state.

  • The Regional Logger Award is chosen from each MDC region (one award issued per region), and the loggers must be nominated by a professional forester. There are eight regional awards given throughout the state.
  • The State Logger of the Year Award is selected from the winners of the Regional Logger Award based on the narratives and a review of the candidates’ work areas.

Annual Award Cycle

  • January through March: Professional foresters nominate regional candidates.
  • April: Eight regional winners are announced.
  • May 1: MDC reviews regional winners.
  • Mid-June: MDC announces State Logger of the Year Award winner.


MDC Forest Products Program Supervisor Mike Morris, 2015 Logger of the Year Alla
2015 Logger of the Year


MDC names Birch Tree man as 2014 Logger of the Year
2014 Logger of the Year

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –Every year the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) gives awards to loggers who have demonstrated good working relationships with landowners and foresters. The loggers are recognized for minimizing damage to trees and natural resources and using best management techniques that preserve Missouri's forested lands for generations to come.

Lindgren receives state recognition for logging (2013)

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Crader Distributing Company, headquartered in Marble Hill, assisted in recognizing the loggers’ accomplishments and dedication to practicing what MDC has established as forestry Best Management Practices.

Chaney & Sons loggers named Ozark Region Loggers of the Year (2012)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The loggers of Chaney & Sons Logging of Birch Tree were selected by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) as the Ozark Region’s Loggers of the Year for 2012. The Chaney & Sons Logging crew is made up of a family team; Bryan Chaney, Denny Chaney and Roy Chaney.

According to MDC Resource Assistant Robert Crewse, who nominated the loggers, it was specific efforts that gained the group this prestigious honor.

KC-area timber cutter honored for sustainable practices

KANSAS CITY Mo -- Using tree-harvest methods that promote healthy, sustainable forests recently earned Travis Yake the 2011 Kansas City Regional Logger Award.

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2010 Logger of the Year’s work is “light on the land”

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MDC names Summersville men Loggers of the Year (2011)

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The 2011 Missouri Logger of the Year state award is being shared by Jay Duncan, Gene Fiske Sr. and Gene Fiske Jr. of J&G Logging in Summersville. The three men received multiple nominations and were named Loggers of the Year for MDC’s Ozark Region earlier in 2011.

Ozark Regional Award Goes to Winona Logger

WEST PLAINS Mo -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently named Woody Haynes of Winona as the Ozark Regional Logger of the Year for 2010.

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According to MDC Resource Forester Steve Paes, Haynes was nominated for the award because of the excellent work he has done in timber sales for both private landowners and the MDC.

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