Forestry Honors Loggers of Excellence
State forestry officials have named 20 companies as West Virginia 5-Year Loggers of Excellence for completing five consecutive years’ work in full compliance with the West Virginia Logging Sediment Control Act.
In addition, 161 companies were named 2012 Loggers of Excellence for their year’s work in full compliance with the state’s water quality and sedimentation laws.
All award recipients will be recognized at the A.B. Brooks Forestry Symposium in Charleston on March 5 and 6, 2013. The 20 companies named as 5-Year Loggers of Excellence will be acknowledged by the Legislature Tuesday, March 5 in a resolution recognizing their outstanding contributions to the state’s forest products industry.
Assistant State Forester Jeremy McGill oversees the Division of Forestry’s Logger of Excellence program and said earning the achievement, especially the five-year recognition, is no small task. “West Virginia’s logging sediment laws are among the toughest in the nation. Even a potential water quality violation will result in being disqualified, so to be recognized as a West Virginia Logger of Excellence means you are truly working above and beyond the levels necessary to protect the state’s water resources.”
The program is based on a calendar year’s work.
TIMBERING NOTIFICATION FORMS
Loggers, have you completed your operation, started a new operation, or moved to a new location? If so, the Timbering Notification Form is now available electronically for your convenience.
This form is in an Excel format so that it can be saved to a computer and the information entered via the computer and submitted to the appropriate Forestry office for the area in which you will be conducting the logging operation.
Original notification with original signature is required. MAIL OR DELIVER THIS FORM SO THAT IT WILL BE RECEIVED WITHIN THREE(3) DAYS of beginning the logging operation to the appropriate Forestry Office.
The West Virginia Division of Forestry now requires topographical maps be submitted with Timbering Notification Forms. To help meet this requirement, the DOF has linked with
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Toll-free Timbering Notification Hotline Numbers
The DOF has set up 6 toll-free timbering notification hotline numbers for timber operators to call to give notification of job completions or request extensions. Licensed timbering operators may use these numbers to notify the appropriate DOF Office of an earlier completion date than specified on their Timbering Notification Form. Extensions past the specified dates on the Timbering Notification Form may also be obtained by calling the appropriate DOF Office. Licensed timbering operators also are required to give notification if a job is closed down for more than 7 days due to weather or other circumstances and may do so by calling the appropriate District Office.
Farmington Office call 1-866-775-1557
Romney Office call 1-866-738-4749
French Creek Office call 1-866-271-0201
Beckley Office call 1-866-271-0201
Milton Office call 1-866-424-5896
Elizabeth Office call 1-866-288-8117
These numbers are designated for timbering notifications only.
Logger /Timber License Applications
West Virginia State Law also requires the holder of a Timber Operator License to be in compliance with other licenses or regulations specified by the State of West Virginia.
To obtain a West Virginia Business Registration Number, contact the Tax Department at (304) 558-3333 or visit their website,
WV Tax Department
Companies with employees need to provide a copy of Certificate of Insurance or Certificate of Liability Insurance from an approved Worker's Compensation Agent.
If you have no employees or are from out-of-state, you will need to contact the West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Division at (304) 558-2677 or visit their website, WV Unemployment Compensation Division
If you have an account with the West Virginia Unemployment Compensation Division contact (304) 558-2451 to request a compliance letter in good standing.
Certified Loggers & Timber Operators
You as a citizen can do your part to ensure logging jobs and your water continues to be safe. If you or someone you know is planning on harvesting timber, please check to make sure the logging company you use is licensed to complete timbering operations in West Virginia. Download the Licensed Loggers for the most current list of available licensed loggers in the state. By using a properly licensed timber operator AND a certified logger, you know the workers will use BMPs that reduce both soil erosion and water pollution.
For a list of Licensed Timber Operators or Licensed Certified Loggers in West Virginia, download the appropriate form on this page.
Licensed Timber Operators Last updated 12/06/13
Licensed Certified Loggers Last updated 12/06/13
Once you decide to cut, make sure the following criteria will be completed:
- Timber Operator is licensed with the West Virginia Division of Forestry.
- Obtained logger certification by completing a WVDOF training class.
- Filed a timbering operation notification with the WVDOF within three days of start up.
- Posted a sign with company name and timbering license number.