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.
This year, the 2015 Logger of the Year Award goes to Allan Brown, owner of A. Brown Logging in New London. Brown was recognized for his outstanding work ethic and professionalism. He is a Certified Master Logger and his crew has completed Professional Timber Harvester training.
"I was born into a family of loggers, so logging means everything to me. I have always hoped to be named regional logger of the year, but receiving the state logger of the year award blows my mind," Brown said. "My boys and I couldn't be more proud and honored to have received this award."
Brown was presented with his award at the Missouri Forest Products Association Conference on July 24 in Branson. He was nominated by MDC Resource Forester David Vance, who says Brown's work makes a difference.
"His recent work at the Ranacker Conservation Area was outstanding, and it made administering the timber sale very easy," said Vance. "He was always willing to stop and make sure he was satisfying the expectations and requirements of the department. He was proactive, even taking care to install water bars along skid trails to prevent erosion when the weather forecast called for lots of weekend rain."
Brown received a framed certificate from MDC and a STIHL chainsaw donated by Crader Distributing of Marble Hill.
"Allan represents exactly what we want from Missouri's professional loggers," MDC Forestry Products Program Manager Mike Morris said. "His crews know what they're doing and recognize the value of proper training, safety, and conservation of resources."
Morris also recognized Crader Distributing and STIHL for their continued support of the Logger of the Year program.
For more information on forests in Missouri and forestry-related best management practices, visit mdc.mo.gov.