MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A small family business in Morgantown has won the Forest Resources Association award.
Nicholson Logging received a plaque for Outstanding Lumberjack of the Appalachian Region 2021.
The family business works with the foresters of Allegheny Wood Products to harvest wood from private landowners, an average of 4 loads per day, including saw logs, peelers and veneers. They are 100% mechanized and their equipment includes a Komatsu 430L feller buncher with an intermittent Quadco head, a JD 648 grapple skidder, a John Deere loader and a John Deere 700 bulldozer.
Nicholson Logging has been in operation since the 1990s. Chad Nicholson is a fifth generation co-owner and lumberjack. The company has five employees, including his father, uncle and brother. He graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in graphic design but decided to go into the family business.
“I think logging gets a bad rap sometimes, but I try to cut it down like it’s my backyard,” Nicholson said. “I just want to keep doing this for the rest of my life and maybe pass it on to my son someday… There are a lot of products that come from the woods that people don’t even know about, but I’m proud of it. what we do … a lot of loggers here don’t get the recognition we deserve because I mean it’s a big industry.
Nicholson said it was nice to be able to get such recognition and hopes it puts the disconnect there, so people can see it in a better light.
“It’s good for the environment,” Nicholson said. “A lot of people don’t think so, but (if you) cut down a bigger tree, the smaller trees will grow. ”
The regional award now places Nicholson Logging in the race for National Lumberjack of the Year.