Glotfelty family named Maryland Logger of Year
DEEP CREEK, Md. — The Maryland Forest Association and the Maryland-Delaware Master Logger steering committee recently presented the Glotfelty family of Garrett County with its 2017 Maryland Logger of the Year award during the March Mountain Logger Group meeting in Deep Creek, Md.
For three generations, the association said the Glotfelty Lumber Company has been a shining example of the Master Logger philosophy — understanding the many functions of area forests and their role as caretakers of its renewable resources.
The association added the family is known for excellent work in timber stand thinning, regeneration cuts, applying BMPs, and forest road design and construction in Maryland and West Virginia.
Donald Glotfelty Sr., along with his wife Betty, began their logging business in Oakland, Md. in the 1950s.
As a progressive logger, he brought in new technology, being one of the first in his area to purchase a Timbco 445 C, a feller buncher which changed how the trees were harvested.
His son, Donald Jr., better known as “Butch,” followed in his footsteps and incorporated community service into the company.
Later, Butch branched out on his own along with his son Eric, who has a degree in forestry at Allegany College.
Butch has been a Maryland-Delaware Master Logger for 23 years and his son Eric for 21 years.
They work closely with state, county foresters and industry foresters to make sure that all BMPs are met and each job is closed out according to state guidelines.
Butch and his wife, Ann, along with Eric and his family are very active with the Mountain Logger Cooperative and support the “Log a Load for Kids” program.
Butch is also a member of the Potomac Garrett State Forest Advisory Board.
Glotfelty Lumber Company is a member of the Maryland Forests Association and the West Virginia Forestry Association.
The Glotfeltys were presented a plaque and a STIHL chainsaw in appreciation of their forestry work.
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