CHARLESTON, W.Va. State forestry officials have named 21 companies as West Virginia 5-Year Loggers of Excellence for completing five consecutive years' work in full compliance with the West Virginia Logging Sediment Control Act.
In addition, 121 companies were named 2011 Loggers of Excellence for their year's work in full compliance with the state's water quality and sedimentation laws.
All award recipients will be recognized at the A.B. Brooks Forestry Symposium in Charleston on Feb. 14 and 15, 2012. The 21 companies named as 5-Year Loggers of Excellence will be acknowledged in the Senate at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 in a resolution recognizing their outstanding contributions to the state's forest products industry.
Assistant State Forester Jeremy McGill oversees the Division of Forestry's Logger of Excellence program and said earning the achievement, especially the five-year recognition, is no small task. West Virginia's logging sediment laws are among the toughest in the nation. Even a potential water quality violation will result in being disqualified, so to be recognized as a West Virginia Logger of Excellence means you are truly working above and beyond the levels necessary to protect the state's water resources.
The program is based on a calendar year's work. Lists of 2011 and 5-Year Loggers of Excellence are available at http://www.wvforestry.com/lsca.cfm
Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist
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