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Best in the Business

RECOGNITION: On Nov. 4, 2016, Chairman Reg Williams [left] presented the Charles H. Flory Distinguished Service Award to Walt A. McPhail, Mauldin, SC. McPhail adds this latest recognition to a long list of state, regional and national accolades for both his personal commitment to tree farming and his decades of outreach and service to the forestry community. Congratulating McPhail on receiving the Association’s highest honor, was President & CEO Cam Crawford [right]. Rick Cain, Georgia-Pacific, Fairfax, SC, [not pictured] headed our Selection Committee. McPhail was nominated for the award by Dr. George Kessler, Central, SC -- our 2015 DSA recipient.   

Charles H. Flory Distinguished Service Award


The Charles H. Flory Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to those who have made outstanding contributions to forestry in the state. An individual, organization, professional or non-professional can be nominated. Nominees may be journalists, legislators, foresters, research scientists, educators, industry, public agencies, and private organizations.



Download:  Distinguished Service Award nomination information


Outstanding Logger of the Year Award


The Forestry Association’s Outstanding Logger of the Year Award is presented annually to a logger who has distinguished himself through exemplary harvesting practices and willingness to go "above the call of duty." It was first awarded in 1984. Our nomination form is due March 31, 2017.


Download:  Outstanding Logger Award nomination information



For additional information about submitting nominations, contact Forestry Association Communications Director Frances Taylor at [email protected] or 803/798-4170.



Forestry Association Winners Receive National/Regional Honors


The Forestry Association has a strong outstanding Logger of the Year Award program as evidenced by individuals we’ve nominated who became regional and national winners. Here is a look back at some of them.

  • The Forestry Association’s 2005 Outstanding Loggers of the Year, Thomas "Tommy" G. Barnes, Sr. and David W. Cox, Jr., owners of Ideal Logging Co., Inc., Edgemoor, SC, received the 2007 Outstanding Loggers Award from Forest Resources Association, Inc.
  • Adrian E. Bishop, owner of Bishop Forest Products, Walterboro, SC, was the Forestry Association’s 2004 Outstanding Logger of the Year. He won the National Outstanding Logger Award in 2006. Bishop served on the Forestry Association’s Board of Directors and the Timber Harvesting Subcluster.
  • Tracy C. Gunter, owner of Tracy’s Logging, Leesville, SC, the Forestry Association’s 1994 Outstanding Logger of the Year, was also submitted for regional and national recognition. He won the National Outstanding Logger Award in 1996. Gunter served on the Forestry Association’s Board, Logging Advisory Committee, Timber Harvesting Task Force, Logger Accreditation Subgroup on Insurance/Safety, and TOP Task Force.
  • Robert C. Martin, Martin Brothers, Inc., Summerton, SC, was the Forestry Association’s 1988 Outstanding Logger of the Year and received the Southeastern Regional Outstanding Logger Award in 1989. His service with the Association includes: Board of Directors, Logging Advisory Committee, Timber Harvesting Task Force, and Log A Load For Kids Committee. He is a past Association Distinguished Service Award recipient.
  • W. Virgil Wall, Sr. (deceased),W. V. Wall & Sons, Inc., Edgefield, SC, was the Forestry Association’s 1987 Outstanding Logger of the Year and received the Southeastern Regional Outstanding Logger Award in 1988.
Above: RECOGNITION: Chairman Reg Williams presented the Outstanding Logger of the Year Award to Robert O. Lussier, Jr., of Darlington, SC on Nov. 4, 2016. Lussier is owner of Great Woods Companies, LLC. Sharing in the honor is his wife Cindy Lussier. Josh Sandt, Canfor Southern Pine, Myrtle Beach, SC, [not pictured] chaired our Outstanding Logger Award Selection Committee. 

Adrian Bishhop, Walterboro, SC, won the National Outstanding Logger Award in 2006.

Tommy Barnes (right) and David Cox (middle), Edgemoor, SC, won the Outstanding Loggers Award in 2007.
Joe Young, Georgetown, SC, received the Forestry Association's Outstanding Logger of the Year Award in 1998 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2000. He also served as Forestry Association Chairman in 1993.
Bobby Martin, Summerton, SC received the Southeastern Regional Outstanding Logger Award in 1989. He is also a past Forestry Association Distinguished Service Award recipient.