From left to right Jon Lamy, Lake States Region Chair, Clinton Cook, Tracy Cook, and Tim O’Hara, sponsor. Wisconsin Rapids, WI, - The Forest Resources Association and STIHL Incorporated honored Clinton Cook, owner of Greg Cook Logging in Big Fork, Minnesota as the Lakes States Region 2015 Outstanding Logger at FRA’s Lakes States Region Awards Luncheon in Rhinelander, Wisconsin on October 14. FRA’s Lake States Region Chairman John Lamy presented Clinton Cook with a wooden crosscut-saw plaque along with a STIHL MS 461 chain saw and a $250 check provided by STIHL. The company has a unique approach to forest management as compared to other logging companies in that Cook Logging employs a forester who has over thirty years of experience. This forester designs all of the timber harvests, not only following Minnesota’s Forest Management Guidelines, but is also able to tailor the harvests to the landowner’s needs, such as planning and constructing landings, roads, designing the harvest with wildlife management in mind, or taking into account a wide variety of other considerations. When dealing with private landowners, Cook provides information to assist in their decision making process. He regularly distributes Minnesota’s Landowners Manual, produced by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, to help guide the landowner through the timber harvesting process. Cook Logging takes safety seriously and makes it an important business goal. Employees utilize personal protective equipment and crew leaders are trained in CPR and First Aide. Personnel receive training through the Minnesota Logger Education Program (MLEP). In April 2015, Greg Cook Logging was named “Logger of the Year” by the Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Implementation Committee (SIC). Clinton not only runs a successful logging company, he is also active in his community, serving as vice president of the Bigfork Youth Basketball Association, and contributing to the program that provides basketball shoes to those who need them. He is also heavily involved in his church, River of God, in Big Falls, MN and is a leader in the youth group there and has also led a fly-in trip to northern Ontario, bringing basketballs and Bibles to an Ojibwe community. 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, and wood dealers, as well as businesses providing products and services to the forest resource-based industries. STIHL Incorporated serves as the sponsor of FRA’s Regional and National Outstanding Logger Awards.