The Forest Resources Association and STIHL Incorporated honored Chad Nicholson, owner of Nicholson Logging LLC, at the Copper House Restaurant in Fairmont, West Virginia, as the Appalachian Region 2021 Outstanding Logger.
Nicholson Logging is a family owned and operated, multigenerational business. Chad Nicholson is a 5th generation logger and purchased the business five years ago from his dad. The business has five employees, including his dad, uncle, and brother. Nicholson Logging uses HBN Trucking to haul all his production. Chad’s brother owns and operates that business.
Chad has a degree from West Virginia University in Graphic Design and developed his unique company logo. The logo is printed on t-shirts, stickers, and signs. Chad places the stickers on all his logging equipment to mark the locations of fire extinguishers, first aid kits, fuel spouts, etc.
Nicholson Logging works with foresters at Allegheny Wood Products to harvest timber from private landowners, averaging four loads per day, including sawlogs, peelers, and veneer. They are 100% mechanized and their equipment spread includes a Komatsu 430L Feller Buncher with an intermittent Quadco head, JD 648 Grapple Skidder, John Deere loader, and a John Deere 700 dozer.
Chad Nicholson is a member of the West Virginia Loggers Council, the West Virginia Forestry Association, and the Forest Resources Association.
The FRA 2021 Appalachian Region Outstanding Logger Award prizes—a cherry and walnut wooden crosscut saw plaque from FRA, a STIHL MS 462 chain saw gift certificate, and a $250 check provided by STIHL—were presented to Chad Nicholson by FRA Appalachian Region Consultant Jeff Jenkins at the at the WVFA Area 1 meeting at the Copper House Restaurant in Fairmont, West Virginia on December 16.
The Nicholson Logging nomination was submitted by Mike Moran with Weyerhaeuser and Eric Carlson the Executive Director of the West Virginia Forestry Association.