October 11, 2017
By: David Abbott, Managing Editor of Southern Loggin’ Times magazine
The American Loggers Council held its 23rd Annual Meeting on September 28-30 in Natchez, Miss. As it does every fall, the ALC meets in the home state of the outgoing President, in this case Mississippi logger Ken Martin. ALC Presidents serve single year terms. Along with voting on many issues of great significance to the industry, attendees at the event have the opportunity to network with their peers from throughout the country.
Among the activities was a visit to the job site of a local logger. This year, the group toured operations of Chip Sullivan’s BLC Logging, based in Tallulah, La. What made the job particularly interesting was its location: on Davis Island in the Mississippi River, right on the line between Mississippi and Louisiana. The island has a lot of history: it was once owned by the family of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
After educational/technical seminars Friday and an auction Friday night, the ALC Executive Committee met on Saturday morning, followed by a meeting of all members present. Later, at a Saturday luncheon, several individuals and companies were singled out and honored for their support of the ALC and of the industry. Among these, DK Knight, the Co-Publisher and Executive Editor of Hatton-Brown Publishers, parent company of both Southern Loggin’ Times and Timber Harvesting, was recognized for his 50 years as an advocate for loggers.
At the President’s farewell dinner on Saturday night, Knight presented the 2017 Timber Harvesting Logging Business of the Year award to the family behind G. Ikola, Inc. of McCall, Idaho. At the end, outgoing President Martin passed the gavel to his successor, Mark Turner of Oregon.