Chris Terry, an FRA member and the owner of Terry Logging, Inc. in Morehead, Kentucky, had a high-school ambition to someday be the president of his own logging company. He began cutting and selling firewood at age 16, moved onto pine posts at 18, and then to logging. Starting with old, used equipment, he grew his business to the point where it is now a fully mechanized logging operation, utilizing a tracked feller-buncher but also maintaining the capability of hand-felling where necessary for certain timber in eastern Kentucky’s mountainous terrain. Terry Logging’s reputation for being a safe, dependable, and environmentally conscious operation has helped it secure many harvesting contracts. Terry Logging is especially noted for its leadership on logging issues in Kentucky:
- Chris and his brother (Vice President) Nathan Terry are Kentucky Master Loggers. Chris has taught continuing education classes for the KY Master Logger Program.
- Chris serves on Kentucky’s Best Management Practices Board and was actively involved in influencing the BMP revisions that recently went into effect.
- Chris is a member of the Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) Board. He has also served on KFIA’s Daniel Boone National Forest Advisory Committee, where his input has resulted in positive changes in utilization standards for USFS timber sales and the way sales are promoted and conducted.
- Chris has worked hard to achieve a workers compensation insurance rate that recognizes his business classification as a mechanical operation. He has been a strong voice for enforcement of workers compensation laws in Kentucky.
- Terry Logging has developed and actively uses a logging safety manual; crew members all wear high visibility vests; the operation uses “trucks entering highway” signs; Terry Logging applies and enforces a lockout/tagout program for any equipment that is down or in need of repair; the company implements a drug testing program for employees.
- Terry Logging uses “onX Hunt,” which is a smartphone app that assists in locating surrounding property boundaries during harvest; Terry Logging contacts all adjoining landowners by certified mail to inform them of the timber harvest and to prevent potential trespass issues.
- Terry Logging has been involved in local road issues to assure the logging industry is treated fairly and consistently with other industries.
- Terry Logging actively supports and contributes to the Kentucky Log A Load for Kids Program.