Glotfelty Lumber: FRA's 2019 Appalachian Region Outstanding Logger

Washington, DC – The Forest Resources Association and STIHL Incorporated honored Donald “Butch” Glotfelty and Eric Glotfelty of Glotfelty Lumber Co., Inc. in Oakland, Maryland, as the Appalachian Region 2019 Outstanding Logger at FRA’s Appalachian Region (AR) Awards Dinner in Washington, DC on September 18. FRA’s AR Past Chairman Jay Phaup presented Butch and Eric with a wooden crosscut-saw plaque, and STIHL’s Product Manager John Allen presented them with a STIHL MS 462 chain saw gift certificate and a $250 check. 

Glotfelty Lumber is a third-generation logging company that was founded in the 1950’s by Butch’s father, Donald. Butch 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.

Glotfeltys operate in the mountainous, far western side of Maryland, with occasional harvesting activities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Much of their work occurs on western Maryland’s beautiful Potomac-Garrett State Forest, where a large number of outdoor enthusiasts and the public eye make attention to harvesting aesthetics important. The Glotfeltys’ quality work in helping the Potomac-Garrett State Forest achieve forest management objectives, with strict adherence to BMPs and nearly non-existent damage to residual stands, has earned them praise from the public as well as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The DNR managers note that, while Maryland’s state forests are certified under both the SFI and the FSC standards, “Glotfelty Lumber harvests have been regularly scrutinized during these organizational audits, and they have always stood up to the rigorous standards of both of these organizations.”

Butch 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. Butch is also a founding member of the Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association. The “Mountain Loggers Group,” as it is commonly called, started a Log A Load for Kids program in their area more than 20 years ago to raise funds for the Morgantown, West Virginia Children’s Hospital. Butch 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 Morgantown 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 1990’s, and Butch 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, all of whom offered unqualified endorsement of Glotfelty Lumber for this award.

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.

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Butch and Eric Glotfelty (center) receive FRA’s 2019 Appalachian Region (AR) Outstanding Logger Award from AR Past Chairman Jay Phaup (right) and STIHL’s John Allen (left).