SALEM – A Burns logging contractor has been named 2014 Eastern Oregon Operator of the Year by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Todd Hueckman Contracting earned the award for his work on a roughly 70-acre harvest intended primarily to halt the spread of dwarf mistletoe onto the landowners’ remaining acres.
Hueckman’s techniques using equipment to decrease the impact on the land, like using the boom of his tracked equipment as a pivot rather than just skidding on the tracks to turn, show his ongoing commitment to protecting the land. Mr. Hueckman also found a way to make the harvest work, despite the nearest mill being over two hours away.
The award was one of several announced earlier this month by the Oregon Board of Forestry, which established the Operator of the Year program to recognize contractors that consistently meet or exceed the Oregon Forest Practices Act requirements.
Those requirements include responsible harvesting, protecting streamsides, replanting, building and maintaining roads to protect streams and more.
Also honored were Robert Howell Logging LLC, Cottage Grove, as Northwest Oregon operator; Bewley Investments, Central Point, Southwest Oregon operator; and WyEast Forestry Management of Hood River and Huffman and Wright Logging Co. of Canyonville, merit awards.
The winners were recognized during the Associated Oregon Loggers meeting Jan. 15 in Eugene, and also will be honored at the Oregon Logging Conference Feb. 19 in Eugene; the Forestry Board’s meeting March 4 in Salem; and an Oregon Small Woodland Association meeting in June.
A video about Hueckman project can be found at http://youtu.be/pxqawWIutfI online.