Birch Tree man chosen as ‘Logger of the Year’ by MDC
BIRCH TREE –The tools and methods that Tom Martin of Birch Tree in Shannon County are far more informed that those used by his predecessors in the timber industry back in the 19th Century.
Martin is Missouri’s” State Logger of the Year” for 2016, selected from nominations to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). He had also named the regional logger of the year for the Ozark Region, having worked as a contract logger for Smith Flooring for almost a quarter century. He has worked on private, state, and federal-land timber sales across the Ozarks. Martin works by himself, cutting, skidding and hauling timber.
MDC Resource Forester Gary Gognat, who nominated Martin, describes his work as representative of the top tier of loggers in Missouri. “There’s a trait common to all past logger award winners, and Martin has it,” says Gognat. “It’s that inherent desire to do the very best job in the woods that he can, each and every day.”
“Tom represents exactly what we want from Missouri’s professional loggers,” adds MDC Forest Products Program Supervisor Mike Morris. “He recognizes the value of proper training, safety, and conservation of resources.”
In recognition of his award, Martin received a framed certificate from MDC and a STIHL chainsaw donated by long-time partner Crader Distributing of Marble Hill at the Missouri Forest Products Association summer meeting.
The Missouri Department of Conservation partners with Crader Distributing to give annual awards to loggers who have demonstrated outstanding performance and 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. For more information, visit https://mdc.mo.gov/about-us/awards-and-honors/logger-year-award.