RIPLEY - R. Petrice Logging, owned and operated by Richard "Buddy" Petrice, has been named West Virginia's 2013 Outstanding Logger by the West Virginia Forestry
Petrice's operation, based in Coalton, began in 1995. Randolph County is his primary work area.
Richard Petrice receives the West Virginia Forestry Association 2013 Outstanding Logger Award. Tom Crickenberger, of MeadWestvaco presents Petrice, of R. Petrice Logging, his award.
Lanny Williamson, WVFA president, said, "The Petrice Logging crew is truly an asset to the West Virginia forest industry. The five-man crew takes great pride in maintaining the safety of their operation. All employees are provided the necessary personal protective equipment, as well as high visibility vests and uniforms.
"They provide initial safety training for all new employees and hold additional safety meetings at least monthly. In addition to the strong safety ethic displayed on their jobs, R. Petrice Logging supports their local community by sponsoring a Little League team each year.
"They are to be congratulated for this outstanding accomplishment."
Nominees are judged on safety practices, as well as community involvement and their use of Best Management Practices.
BMPs are soil erosion prevention measures that are used by logging professionals to minimize soil erosion and sedimentation of creeks and streams.
Petrice's father, Frank Petrice, received West Virginia's 1992 Outstanding Logger.