University of Maryland Extension

Logger of the Year


2017 Winner - Donald Glotfelty, Jr. and Eric Glofelty


Maryland-Delaware Master Loggers are a vital part of the forest products industry. They understand the many functions of our forests and their role as caretakers of this important renewable resource. A MD-DE Master Logger harvests the trees today without sacrificing the benefits of tomorrow. For three generations, the Glotfelty Lumber Company has been a shining example of this philosophy.  They are known for excellent work of timber stand thinning, regeneration cuts, applying BMPS, and forest road design and construction in MD and WV. I am pleased to recognize the Glotfeltys as the 2017 MD-DE Master Logger of the Year.

Donald Glotfelty Sr., along with his wife Betty, began their logging business in the rolling hills and deep valleys of Oakland, Maryland back in the 1950’s.  He brought in new technology as he was one of the first in his area to purchase a Timbco 445 C, changing how the trees were harvested. His son, Donald Jr., better known as “Butch,” followed in his father’s footsteps. Butch incorporated community service into the company and later branched out on his own along with his son Eric.  Eric enhanced his passion for the woods by earning a degree in forestry at Maryland’s Allegany College.

Butch has been a MD-DE Master Logger for 23 years and his son Eric for 21 years.  The Glotfeltys cruise timber sales, lay out and build the roads and log landings as needed on timber sales.  Eric and Butch work closely with state, county foresters and industry foresters to make sure that all BMPs are met and each job is closed out according to state guidelines.  The Glotfeltys take pride in their work and take the time to connect with their clients to ensure they are highly satisfied before leaving the sale.

Butch and his wife, Ann, along with Eric and his family are very active with the Mountain Logger Cooperative and support the “Log a Load for Kids” program.  Butch is also a member of the Potomac Garrett State Forest Advisory Board*.  Glotfelty Lumber Company is a member of the MFA and WVFA. in honor of the great work they do as a MD-DE Master Loggers, Eric, Butch and the Glotfelty family were presented with a plaque and a STIHL chainsaw during the February Mountain Logger Group meeting in Deep Creek, MD.

Thank you Glotfelty’s for the care you take in the important work you do!

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