2016 Operators of the Year: Helping people and protecting natural resources

Contact: Ken Armstrong, Public Affairs Director, 503-945-7420;; Kyle Abraham, Interim Private Forests Deputy Division Chief, 503-945-7473

The 2016 Operators of the Year are B&C Logging of Baker City, Wayne Stone Logging, Inc. of Sandy, and Plikat Logging, Inc. of Camas Valley. Operator of the Year Awards are given by the Board of Forestry to recognize forestry operators for responsible, innovative, proactive work that protects natural resources.

To encourage sound forestry, the board honors operators who consistently meet or exceed the Forest Practices Act law. The law requires people to: replant forests; harvest responsibly; protect and enhance habitat; reduce landslide risks; and protect streams and water quality. Regional committees select operators of the year and merit award recipients. 

Private Forests Division Chief Lena Tucker said, “These operators set the example. They show how operators can both manage forests and protect natural resources. We’re pleased to honor their exemplary work.”

B&C Logging earned the Eastern Oregon Area Operator of the Year award for helping landowners after the Stices Gulch wildfire and protecting fish streams.  B&C’s work also improved public safety, because they removed trees damaged by the wildfire from urban areas. (Video: https://youtu.be/LSB7z-_-dUc)

Plikat Logging earned the Southern Oregon Area Operator of the Year award for protecting a fish-bearing stream and its buffer while using a suspended cable system to move logs and minimize ground impact. Plikat’s planning and careful work left the land ready for replanting. (Video: https://youtu.be/cwwpQzpcPrc

Wayne Stone Logging earned the Northwest Oregon Area Operator of the Year award for protecting water quality and taking extra efforts to prevent fires. Stone safely completed a difficult downhill harvest. (Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81WgwqJ8fSA )

All nominees exceeded the Forest Practices requirements to help improve Oregon’s forests. The committees issued Merit Awards for excellent work to Mike Pihl Logging Company, Inc. of Veronia (video: https://youtu.be/OkY-EjA77HQ), Western Helicopter Services, Inc. of Newberg and Starker Forests, Inc. of Corvallis (video: https://youtu.be/5njgK20Rrq0), and B&M Timber of Burns (video: https://youtu.be/zhp41CteXSY).

The Board of Forestry will present the Operator of the Year Awards at its March 8 meeting. The Associated Oregon Loggers, the Oregon Logging Conference and the Oregon Small Woodland Association will also provide special recognition. In 1971, Oregon enacted the Forest Practices Act, the nation’s model forest management laws which focuses on forest operations and protecting natural resources. Many states followed Oregon’s lead. The Act remains current through updates based on science, facts and values to create a balanced approach to natural resource management.