MDC names Adams Logging of Steelville St. Louis Region Logger of the Year

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Steelville, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has named Adams Logging of Steelville as the St. Louis Regional Logger of the Year.

Adams Logging is a family-owned company managed by Nick Adams. Adams began his logging career working for his father, Larry Adams. Adams and his crew have completed the Missouri Forest Products Association Professional Timber Harvester Training and are current with their qualifications.

According to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) who nominated Adams Logging for the award, the company's harvest operation highlights the use of best management practices, emphasizing sustainable forest management, wise use of forest products, and minimal residual damage.

The USFS also pointed out that Adams Logging keeps visual aesthetics to the highest standard when working on a timber sale. Adams is also very safety orientated and requires his crew to utilize proper personal protective equipment at all times.

As part of their award the crew of Adams Logging each received a Stihl woodcutter's safety kit donated by Crader Distributing Company of Marble Hill, the exclusive distributor of STIHL Outdoor Power Equipment in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Southern Illinois.

The Regional Logger Award is given to the logger that has demonstrated the ability to carry out a timber harvest in a manner that causes the least amount of damage to the remaining resources on site. The purpose behind this award is to recognize loggers who practice low impact logging. These loggers take extra time and effort to demonstrate how forest harvests should be carried out. Their work uses forest resources in a sustainable way while preserving those resources for future generations

Criteria for choosing a logger for the award evaluates several items which include: good working relationships with landowners and foresters, minimal damage to remaining trees and resources, prevention of soil erosion, aesthetics of the site after harvesting is completed, safe work performance and use of equipment, utilization of harvested trees, the desire to address wildlife management concerns, and use of proper forest management techniques. The logger must have completed the Professional Timber Harvester's Training Program sponsored by the Missouri Forest Products Association and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

For more information on the MDC Logger of the Year Award, visit