New Orleans, LA – The Forest Resources Association and STIHL Incorporated honored Rodney Johnson, owner of Johnson Timber Co., LLC in Pheba, Mississippi, as FRA’s Southcentral Region 2018 Outstanding Logger at its Southcentral Region (SCR) Awards Dinner in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 17.
Rodney is a third-generation logger, and his wife Jeannie and sons Michael and Joseph also work in the business.
Johnson Timber Company has three logging crews and buys timber for four contract crews. They have 14 of their own trucks and haul 500 to 600 loads a week. All the trucks have GPS tracking installed to monitor drivers’ performance, and the drivers can earn a quarterly safety bonus. The trucks also have scales to prevent overloading, while avoiding underloading.
Rodney prefers to run new equipment for efficiency, safety, and good uptime. His employees are well-versed in safe practices and wear all PPE plus high-visibility apparel. “We’re like a family, and we don’t want anyone hurt,” says Rodney.
Before starting a new job, Johnson Timber has a pre-entry conference with the landowner and Rodney’s forester to determine locations for roads, skid trails, and landings. Each crew has a bulldozer to implement BMPs.
One of Rodney’s supporters for this award said that Rodney “truly enjoys being able to help people get the most out of their timber while preserving the beauty of the land for future generations.” Rodney also manages around 1,000 acres of his own forestland for timber as well as for wildlife. In fact, he received the Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist Award from the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts’ North Area in 2015.
Rodney participates in Log A Load For Kids, the Gideons International, and Passionate Pursuit Ministry, which takes handicapped children and adults hunting and fishing. He and Jeannie are involved in additional charities. Rodney has been featured in Caterpillar’s ForestPro magazine, the Mississippi Logger magazine, and in the West Point, MS Daily Times Leader as the Business of the Week.
Rodney and his family are an outstanding multi-generational logging business. To honor them, FRA’s SCR Vice Chairman John Boyette presented Rodney with a wooden crosscut-saw plaque, and STIHL Incorporated’s Kent Hall presented him with a STIHL MS 461 chain saw gift certificate and $250 check. Upon accepting the award, Rodney stated, “Logging is a challenge, and we love it. The people that work for us—this award is their honor, too.”
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.
Rodney Johnson (center) receives FRA’s 2018 Southcentral Region (SCR) Outstanding Logger Award from SCR Vice Chairman John Boyette (left) and STIHL’s Kent Hall (right).