Plikat Logging nominated for ODF’s Operator of the Year award
Plikat Logging of Camas Valley has been nominated for Oregon Department of Forestry’s annual Operator of the Year award for excellence in post-harvest replanting, constructing and maintaining forest roads, protecting stream buffers and wildlife habitat and other requirements of the Forest Practices Act.
“It was actually a surprise to me, but we’ve accomplished a lot of tough jobs in our career, we’ve been in this business for 36 years,” owner Wally Plikat said.
A family-owned operation since its inception in 1981, Plikat Logging began with one logging site and has grown to work six to eight year-round sites with its 85 employees through the logging and trucking divisions. Most logs are distributed in Douglas and Lane Counties through Lone Rock Timber Company, Roseburg Forest Products and Seneca Jones Timber Company.
Plikat said his company was nominated for the award after it tackled a complicated job for Lone Rock Timber on a private piece of timber land west of Drain.
The area had a highly sensitive fish stream, where the crew left a large forested area along the banks to provide shade and protection, known as a riparian or stream buffer. Plikat said they flew the logs close to 2,000 feet with full suspension over the stream.
“It was extra difficult, because there was no road so we had no choice but to fly the logs. We went the extra mile to go get them, and it was a pretty intense unit,” Plikat said. “Everything went flawlessly and that particular job was to be dedicated to the operator of the year, which just happened to be me.”
The Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee of landowners and other individuals toured the operation in mid-October, while other committees toured operations in their respective regions. After hearing the committees’ recommendations, the Board of Forestry plans to present the Operator of the Year Awards during its March 2017 meeting.
“Our heritage is logging and that’s what we’ll continue to do,” Plikat said. After Plikat retires, he plans to pass the company on to the next generation.