Nominations are now open for the 2022 Maryland Logger of the Year!

Nomination Information

Each year the Maryland Delaware Master Logger and Maryland Forest Association (MFA) work together to choose and celebrate the Logger of the Year Award. The award recognizes outstanding loggers who are working to a higher standard.

The award is open to all independent logging contractors, nominations are submitted to the MD-DE Master Logger Program mid-summer for the MD-DE Master Logger steering committee members to review.

Nominees understands their role as caretaker of this important renewable resource and must demonstrate deliberate care during timber harvesting, a keen understanding of forest management practices,  contribute to the logging community through service and excels at business management all while keeping themselves and their crew safe.

Contact: Agnes, cell: 410-310-8445 or office: 410-827-8056.

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2020 Maryland Logger of the Year

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2020 Maryland Logger of the year is Bruce Barnes of Barnes Logging in Southern MD was awarded during “Why Markets Matter” event on October 10, 2019 in La Plata, Md. MFA’s executive director, Beth Hill, MD-DE Master Logger chair, Robert Beale and committee member, Dave Gailey  presented Bruce Barnes with the 2020 Maryland Logger of the Year award along with a Stihl MS-39.

We nominated Bruce for the regional 2021 Forest Resources Association Outstanding Logger Award, which is awarded through the Forest Resource Association.   Maryland’s own Butch and Eric Glotfelty were the previous recipients of this award and they were 2017 Maryland Logger of the year.

MD-DE Master Logger Bruce Barnes Awarded the Forest Resources Association's 2020 Appalachian Region Outstanding Logger

On October 10, the Forest Resources Association and STIHL Incorporated honored Bruce Barnes, owner of Barnes Logging in Clements, Md., as the Appalachian Region 2020 Outstanding Logger, nominated by the University of Maryland Extension MD-DE Master Logger Program and the Maryland Forests Association. 

At an early age, Bruce Barnes assisted with his father’s horse logging operation. Barnes continued the horse logging operation for many years, and while he logs with mechanized equipment today, he maintains some of his history with horses, competing in horse pulling competitions and demonstrations.

Barnes works independently, purchasing his own timber and merchandising all timber types for best value to the landowner. He manages his own log yard where he scales and grades the higher-quality logs for export markets and manually fells timber using STIHL chain saws. A long-time Maryland Master Logger who is very proficient with a power saw, Barnes has taught chain saw safety training classes for loggers. 

Bruce often works with a consulting forester to achieve silviculturally sound forest management objectives, with strict adherence to BMPs and protection of the residual stand of timber. This has earned him repeat business with forest landowners and praise from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Bruce has a friendly and loyal reputation in the local business community. He serves as chairman of the St. Mary’s County Fair Board, and he has been a mentor to many loggers over the years.

The FRA 2020 Appalachian Region Outstanding Logger Award prizes—a cherry & walnut wooden crosscut saw plaque from FRA, a STIHL MS 462 chain saw gift certificate, and a $250 check provided by STIHL—were presented to Barnes by FRA Appalachian Region Manager Rick Meyer at the at the Western Maryland Forestry Field Days & Equipment Show in Friendsville, MD on Oct. 10.

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FRA’s Outstanding Logger Award program is designed to raise the visibility of professional logging contractors and to encourage other loggers to adopt the performance of the award winners. The Regional Award winner becomes a nominee for FRA’s National Outstanding Logger Award competition.

The Forest Resources Association Inc. is a nonprofit trade association concerned with the safe, efficient, and sustainable harvest of forest products and their transport from woods to mill. FRA represents wood consumers, independent logging contractors, and wood dealers, as well as businesses providing products and services to the forest resource-based industries. 

STIHL Incorporated serves as the sponsor of FRA’s Regional and National Outstanding Logger Awards.

Bruce, Thank you for sharing your knowledge with others, your commitment to excellence, and gracious spirit. All these and more are make you such a great logger! Congratulations Bruce! Thank you for the great work you do!

Previous Loggers of the Year

GLOTFELTY LUMBER: FOREST RESOURCES ASSOCATION’S 2019 APPALACHIAN REGION OUTSTANDING LOGGER

The Forest Resources Association (FRA) and STIHL Incorporated honored Donald “Butch” Glotfelty and Eric Glotfelty of Glotfelty Lumber Co., Inc. in Oakland, Maryland, as the Appalachian Region 2019 Outstanding Logger at FRA’s Appalachian Region (AR) Awards Dinner in Washington, DC on September 18. FRA’s AR Past Chairman Jay Phaup presented Butch and Eric with a wooden crosscut-saw plaque, and STIHL’s Product Manager John Allen presented them with a STIHL MS 462 chain saw gift certificate and a $250 check. Glotfelty Lumber is a third-generation logging company that was founded in the 1950’s by Butch’s father, Donald. Butch and his son Eric are the primary in-woods operators, with Butch handling multiple product sorts on the loader and Eric harvesting the timber using a tracked feller-buncher. Their fully mechanized operation has an excellent safety program and has not had a lost-time accident in decades 

Glotfeltys operate in the mountainous, far western side of Maryland, with occasional harvesting activities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Much of their work occurs on western Maryland’s beautiful Potomac-Garrett State Forest, where a large number of outdoor enthusiasts and the public eye make attention to harvesting aesthetics important. The Glotfeltys’ quality work in helping the Potomac-Garrett State Forest achieve forest management objectives, with strict adherence to BMPs and nearly non-existent damage to residual stands, has earned them praise from the public as well as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The DNR managers note that, while Maryland’s state forests are certified under both the SFI and the FSC standards, “Glotfelty Lumber harvests have been regularly scrutinized during these organizational audits, and they have always stood up to the rigorous standards of both of these organizations.” 

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STIHL’s Product Manager John Allen, Agnes Kedmenecz, MD-DE Master Logger coordinator, Butch , Eric, Beth Hill, MFA, FRA’s AR Past Chairman Jay Phaup and Dan Rider MD Forest Service

Butch has served on the Potomac-Garrett State Forest Citizen Advisory Board for many years, and the Glotfeltys are members of the Maryland Forests Association, West Virginia Forestry Association, and FRA. Butch is also a founding member of the Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association. The “Mountain Loggers Group,” as it is commonly called, started a Log A Load for Kids program in their area more than 20 years ago to raise funds for the Morgantown, West Virginia Children’s Hospital. Butch and his wife Ann dedicate much of their time to the Log A Load for Kids program, which has raised over $1 million for the Morgantown hospital since the loggers started the annual fundraising campaign.

 Glotfelty Lumber was one of the first loggers to achieve Maryland’s “Master Logger” designation, completing the required curriculum in the early 1990’s, and Butch helped with Maryland loggers’ successful legislative advocacy to achieve a special, higher weight variance on Maryland highways for log trucks with six axles. 

The Glotfeltys’ nomination was sponsored by the Maryland Forests Association, the Maryland Master Logger Program, and the Maryland DNR, all of whom offered unqualified endorsement of Glotfelty Lumber for this award.