Washington, DC – The Forest Resources Association’s Appalachian Region honored Rob Kidd with its First Place Technical Writing Award for 2019. This annual award, presented at FRA’s September 18 Awards Dinner, recognizes the best Appalachian Region-authored Technical Release published and posted on FRA’s website.
Rob Kidd is the wood procurement manager for Huber Engineered Woods in Spring City, Tennessee. He wrote Technical Release 18-R-27, USDA Web Soil Surveys Aid Harvest and Wood Procurement Planning. It explains that the Natural Resources Conservation Service provides free online access to soil maps and data for nearly all of the nation’s counties. The information is useful for forestry applications such as determining harvesting equipment operability on sites and locating landings and haul roads. Rob’s Technical Release shows the reader how to use the USDA site to pull up a soil survey map and interpret all the data. Then he shows how to use it for a specific tract where the timber was being offered for sale.
FRA members will find 18-R-27 in the members-only/login area of www.forestresources.org.
Rob Kidd (right) receives FRA Appalachian Region (AR) First Place Technical Writing Award from AR Past Chairman Jay Phaup (left).
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 forest resource-based industries.