OAKLAND — The Forest Resources Association and STIHL Inc. honored Donald “Butch” Glotfelty and Eric Glotfelty of Glotfelty Lumber Co. Inc. as the Appalachian Region 2019 Outstanding Logger at the region’s awards dinner in Washington, D.C.
Past chairman Jay Phaup presented the Glotfeltys with a wooden crosscut-saw plaque. STIHL’s Product Manager John Allen presented them with a STIHL MS 462 chainsaw gift certificate and a $250 check.
Glotfelty Lumber is a third-generation logging company that was founded in the 1950s by Butch Glotfelty’s father, Donald. Butch Glotfelty and and his son Eric are the primary in-woods operators, with Butch handling multiple product sorts on the loader and Eric harvesting the timber using a tracked feller-buncher. Their fully mechanized operation has an excellent safety program and has not had a lost-time accident in decades.
The Glotfeltys operate in Western Maryland with occasional harvesting activities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Much of their work occurs in Potomac-Garrett State Forest, where a large number of outdoor enthusiasts and the public eye make attention to harvesting aesthetics important. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources managers note that Glotfelty Lumber harvests have always stood up to the rigorous standards of auditing organizations.
Butch Glotfelty has served on the Potomac-Garrett State Forest Citizen Advisory Board for many years, and the Glotfeltys are members of the Maryland Forests Association, West Virginia Forestry Association and FRA. Glotfely is a founding member of the Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association. Butch Glotfelty and his wife, Ann, dedicate much of their time to the Log A Load for Kids program, which has raised over $1 million for the WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital since the loggers started the annual fundraising campaign.
Glotfelty Lumber was one of the first loggers to achieve Maryland’s master logger designation, completing the required curriculum in the early 1990s, and Glotfelty helped with Maryland loggers’ successful legislative advocacy to achieve a special, higher weight variance on Maryland highways for log trucks with six axles.
The Glotfeltys’ nomination was sponsored by the Maryland Forests Association, the Maryland Master Logger Program and the Maryland DNR.
FRA’s Outstanding Logger Award program is designed to raise the visibility of professional logging contractors and to encourage other loggers to adopt the performance of the award winners. The regional award winner becomes a nominee for FRA’s National Outstanding Logger recognition.
The Forest Resources Association Inc. is a nonprofit trade association concerned with the safe, efficient and sustainable harvest of forest products and their transport from woods to mill. FRA represents wood consumers, independent logging contractors, wood dealers and businesses that provide products and services to forest resource-based industries.
STIHL Inc. serves as the sponsor of FRA’s awards.