FROSTBURG — Norm Nicol of Tree Family Logging said the fact that he recently was named Maryland Forests Association Logger of the Year shows that you don’t have to be a humongous company to do good work.

“We’re very proud, very honored to win this award,” Nicol said Tuesday, speaking by cell phone from some mountaintop in the Wellersburg, Pa., area where he was logging.

Nicol was nominated by Frank Stark, a forester with Red Rock Enterprises in Friendsville, and received a plaque, chain saw, chaps and a hard hat at a ceremony in Annapolis.

Stark said Nicol is a great logger because of his ability to work with landowners.

“For example,” Nicol said, “even though we could legally take trees near a property line, often we will leave them so it looks better. We make sure we talk a lot with the landowners so they understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.”

Nicol meets or exceeds state-mandated, best-management practices dealing with erosion and other environmental concerns.

Nicol said he and his company have all the right credentials, such as a master forester status, and the Logger of the Year honor is icing on the cake.

Nicol cuts water bars across roads at the end of the work day in the event it would rain heavily, according to Nevin Dawson, an association judge. “Broad-based dips are placed in roads to help prevent erosion,” Dawson said.

Nicol was raised in Lonaconing and has been logging since 1975. He and his wife, Barb, have two daughters, Miranda and Rachel.

Through the years, Nicol has had logging contracts with Wood Products, Allegheny Wood Products, Kessel Lumber and Red Rock Enterprises.

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