MDC names James Martin as Southeast Regional Logger of the Year

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has named James Martin of Wayne County as the Southeast Regional Logger of the Year.

“James has always done a great job keeping residual tree damage low and putting in place best management practices to protect against soil erosion,” said Shane Botard, MDC Resource Forester.

As part of his award, Martin received a Stihl woodcutter’s safety kit donated by Crader Distributing Company of Marble Hill, Mo. The safety kit includes chainsaw chaps, a saw helmet system, gloves and goggles.

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 includes: 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 MDC.

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