B & M Timber nominated as operator of the year

Bud Gienger, left, and Brad Clemens pose for a photo. Clemens' B & M Timber of Burns has been nominated for the Eastern Oregon Regional Operator of the Year award from the Oregon Department of Forestry.

B & M Timber from Burns, operated by Brad Clemens, has been nominated for the Eastern Oregon Regional Operator of the Year Award. Each year, the Oregon Department of Forestry selects an outstanding logger from each of the three regions for this award.

B & M Timber’s work has consistently exceeded the Forest Practices Act and Forest Practice rules, according to a press release, and their work has demonstrated the ability to handle difficult circumstances, innovation and extra effort to consistently produce outstanding results.

On Oct. 16, a committee consisting of ODF employees toured a logging site that B & M Timber had recently completed on private property within the McClellan Creek drainage with landowners Roger and Meridith Ediger of the Box T Ranch.

This logging job was particularly challenging because of the fish bearing stream, McClellan Creek, bordering the west side of the job.

B & M Timber used some unique logging techniques to remove the timber while working within the Forest Practices Act to protect the riparian area.

The committee visited logging sites in Baker and Klamath counties that were also nominated for this award. The 2018 Eastern Oregon Operator of the year award will be announced in December.

B & M Timber’s nomination was submitted by Kirk Ausland, the ODF stewardship forester in John Day.

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