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Mike Newton: 2018 Western Region Outstanding Logger


Olympia WA - The Forest Resources Association’s Western Region and STIHL Incorporated have recognized Mike Newton, owner/operator of Newton Logging Inc., of Kalispell, Montana as the 2018 Regional Outstanding Logger during the Western Region Meeting held in Olympia, Washington on September 19, 2018.  Bruce Brewer (Idaho Forest Group), Western Region Chair presented Mike with a wooden cross-cut saw plaque, a STIHL MS 461 chainsaw gift certificate, and a $250 check (chainsaw and check are compliments of STIHL.) Newton Logging now becomes a nominee for FRA’s National Outstanding Logger recognition.

MLA (Montana Logging Association) nominated Newton for the Regional Outstanding Logger Award. Newton Logging is a long-standing member of Montana Logging Association. Mike currently serves as MLA’s Secretary/Treasurer and will advance to MLA’s President in 2021.

Mike worked for over 25 years with his father, Charles. In 2014 Charlie retired and Mike and his wife Nettie bought the business and relocated the office to Kalispell, Montana.

“Mike is a leader, which is clear in his ability to work with forest landowners, foresters, the public, and other logging contractors. We are pleased to be able to highlight such a great company at the State and Regional levels,” said MLA Administrative Director, Coleen Michael.

Newton Logging has a very competent, safety-oriented crew that is committed to safe operating procedures, hazard awareness, and use of PPE. The company works on state, federal, and private industrial lands and has a strong reputation for doing the right thing for the environment, the land, and the landowner. 

FRA’s Outstanding Logger Award program is designed to recognize outstanding independent logging contractor performance, raise the visibility of professional logging contractors, encourage other loggers to adopt the performance of the award winners, and improve forester-logger-landowner relations by publicly recognizing outstanding logging performance as an essential element of every planned timber harvest.

Nominated logging companies are judged on whether safety is a major part of the individual’s business practices and programs, how much the individual or company is involved in community and industry activities, as well as the company’s professionalism, business management, and forest management practices.

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.


Mike Newton

FRA Western Region Chair Bruce Brewer (at left) presents 2018 Outstanding Logger Award to Mike Newton and his wife Nettie

Mike and Nettie Newton

2018 Western Region Outstanding Logger Nettie and Mike Newton