2015 Indiana Logger of the Year
By Ken Day
Scott Pingleton Logging is the 2015 Indiana Logger of the Year. Specifically Scott Pingleton was selected for his leadership and professionalism in carrying out logging operations, dedication to protect forest resources and water quality in particular, outstanding relationships with landowners and foresters, and attention to safety. Pingleton was recognized at the Tree Farm Breakfast at the Indiana Hardwood Lumberman’s Association convention in Indianapolis on February 3, 2016.
His professionalism in carrying out logging operations was demonstrated by proper use of a track skidder, directional felling of trees, creating efficient skid trails that minimize damage to residual trees, correct installation of water bars, back blading skid trails and log landings, utilizing logging slash and trees tops to create wildlife habitat, and promoting a safe work environment.
Pingleton has taken all phases of logger training from Soren Erikson. He personally trains his staff in proper use of a skidder, directional felling of trees, chain saw safety, and proper skid trail layout. He is an advocate for Best Management Practices. This training reinforces his philosophy of operating “light on the land.”
He conducts his logging operation to protect the residual stand and protect soil and water resources. The skid trails are laid out prior to logging to minimize the area in skid trails, minimize soil erosion, and to be efficient. Pingleton uses a track skidder which minimizes soil compaction and provides additional mobility. The blade is effective to close out skid trails and install water bars.
Pingleton maintains outstanding relationships with landowners and foresters. As a testimony to this statement letters of appreciation were attached to his nomination from 11 landowners, four foresters, and timber industry.
Pingleton does contract logging for Cook Lumber Company and Scott Pingleton Logging. Their average annual production is between 750,000 and 1,000,000 board feet.
The Indiana Logger of the Year award is sponsored by Indiana Tree Farm. Recognition of outstanding professionalism in sustainable forestry practices is one
of their objectives. Education is the other objective. Awardees are selected by the Indiana Tree Farm Committee which is composed of 29 members representing a cross section of forestry professionals in the state.
Ken Day is a retired forester and former Woodland Steward Institute board member. Prior to his retirement, he most recently served as Forest Supervisor for the USDA Forest Service, Hoosier National Forest