Honoring work that exceeds natural resource protection requirements
The Oregon Board of Forestry established the awards program to recognize people and companies that consistently meet or exceed the Oregon Forest Practices Act requirements for responsible harvest, replanting, protecting streams, building and maintaining roads that protect streams, protecting and providing wildlife and fish habitat, and preserving and protecting water quality. The three Regional Forest Practices Committees each select an Operator of the Year and may also give Merit Awards. The three 2014 Operators of the Year and Merit Award recipients are recognized for their responsible, innovative, proactive forest work that protects natural resources. They are: Todd Hueckman, Eastern Oregon (Burns); Robert Howell Logging, LLC, Northwest Oregon (Cottage Grove); and Bewley Investments, owned by Brian Bewley, Southwest Oregon (Central Point). Merit Awards were also earned by WyEast Forestry Management (Hood River) and Huffman and Wright Logging Company (Canyonville).
More information on the awards and the recipients