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(Jefferson City) – Two groups of loggers are being honored by the Missouri Department of Conservation after one was nominated for a regional award, and the other named the regional Loggers of the Year.

SUMMERSVILLE GROUP NAMED REGIONAL LOGGERS OF THE YEAR

Gene Fiske, Jr., Jay Duncan, and Gene Fiske, Sr., from Summersville were nominated for the Appalachian Region Logger of the Year award. (MDC photo)

The loggers of Chaney & Sons Logging of Birch Tree were selected by the Missouri Department of Conservation as the Ozark Region’s Loggers of the Year for 2012. The Chaney & Sons Logging crew is made up of a family team; Bryan Chaney, Denny Chaney and Roy Chaney.

According to MDC Resource Assistant, Robert Crewse, who nominated the loggers, it was specific efforts that gained the group this prestigious honor, namely precautions to lessen soil erosion and sedimentation to the region.

Additionally, the Chaney & Sons logging crew has years of experience working in the Ozarks forests which positively influences the crew’s efficiency, safety and productivity. They notified the Conservation Department when they spotted Feral hog sign on one of the conservation areas, which enabled the department to eradicate the invasive animals before they could spread further on that area.

BIRCH TREE GROUP NOMINATED FOR REGIONAL AWARD

After being selected as Missouri’s loggers of the year in 2011, Gene Fiske, Jr., Jay Duncan and Gene Fiske, Sr., of J&G Logging in Summersville, were nominated for the prestigious

MDC Forestry District Supervisor Terry Thompson (left) and MDC Resource Assistant Robert Crewse (far right) congratulate Bryan Chaney, Denny Chaney and Roy Chaney of Chaney & Son’s Logging for their selection as the MDC’s Ozark Region Logger of the Year for 2012. (MDC photo)

Appalachian Region Logger of the Year award this year.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Forest Products Supervisor, Jason Jensen, even though the group was not selected for the award, their selection as finalists was a great achievement.

Jensen said these men exemplify the characteristics of best management practices to harvest forest products ethically and safely.

By product utilization, Jensen is referring to J&G Logging’s uses of small diameter wood for blocking and pulpwood in addition to harvesting sawtimber.

For more information on the MDC’s forestry best management practices, go online to mdc.mo.gov.

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