The enormous orange Timberjack skidder shuddered slightly as the steel cable attached to it slowly pulled a felled scarlet oak tree out of the forest, carefully avoiding the surrounding trees.
Jay Duncan, co-owner of J&G Logging, pointed to the area around the stump. “You can’t even tell you were here.”
It’s just one of the tactics that Duncan and co-owner, Gene Fiske Jr., use to ensure that their logging business works in the best interest of the health of any forest they’re cutting.
On this particular day, they are following orders in Pioneer Forest, where foresters handpick only certain trees to harvest from a selected area each year. Once harvested, no loggers will touch that group of trees for another 20 years.
This year, their careful forestry practices earned J&G Loggers the State Logger of the Year award from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Emily Garnett, edited by Ben Unglesbee