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18 June 2016 T IMBER NEWS INDUSTRY L INE Wade Norris is Named FRA’S 2016 South Central Region Outstanding Logger Wade Norris (center) receives FRA’s Southcentral Region (SCR) Outstanding Logger Award from SCR Chairman Gary Beacher (left) and STIHL Southwest’s Jude Vidrine (right). Find Machinery Suppliers at: The Forest Resources Association and STIHL Incorporated honored Wade Norris of Wade Norris Logging, LLC in Jackson, Tennessee, as the Southcentral Region 2016 Outstanding Logger at FRA’s Southcentral Region Awards Din- ner in Lake Charles, Louisiana on May 18. FRA’s Southcentral Region Chairman Gary Beacher presented Norris with a wooden crosscut-saw plaque, and STIHL Southwest’s Jude Vidrine presented him with a gift certificate for a STIHL MS 461 chain saw and $250 check. Wade Norris serves a customer base throughout west Tennessee, with hard- wood harvesting as his specialty. Al- though Norris practices a variety of har- vest types, he most often does improve- ment types of timber harvest with the ob- jective of improving the health and qual- ity of the residual stand. A Tennessee and Kentucky Master Logger, Norris is also a Certified Master Logger through Univer- sity of Kentucky’s Center for Forest and Wood Certification. This certification in- cludes the requirement to have a county forester inspect his harvest job upon completion and is useful for the chain-of- custody needs of wood-receiving mills. It also shows that Wade Norris is proud of his work and does not shy away from public scrutiny of his operation. In fact, Wade has an excellent website,, which includes his company’s mission state- ment, policy, and testimonials. Wade Norris’ attention to detail in- cludes keeping a squeaky-clean shop for servicing his equipment and an outstand- ing safety program that has resulted in a very low worker’s compensation insur- ance “experience mod rating” of 0.76. Wade’s wife (and co-owner) Tammy is vital to the success of the business, and Wade’s father, uncle, and nephew are also part of the team. Wade takes care of his crew members by offering a retirement plan to all employees, and he encourages keeping physically fit, having run in many distance races himself—including two Boston Marathons. A past winner of the Tennessee For- estry Association’s Logger of the Year, Wade Norris is a true professional and another example of an outstanding log- ging family. For more information contact the Forest Resources Association at 540-989-4171 or visit the web site at T L