FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2001
Contact: Kelly Dean
Scofield Timber Company Wins Top Weyerhaeuser
Weyerhaeuser States Scofield has demonstrated that Timber Harvesting Can Co-exist in Sensitive and Heavily Populated Areas of Georgia.
Atlanta, Ga. – Weyerhaeuser Company has announced that Scofield Timber Company is the recipient of its prestigious Environmental Award for excellence in timber harvesting. Scofield won the annual award as a result of its consistently high scores in each element of the environmental section of Safety Quality Utilization Environmental (SQUE), Weyerhaeuser’s rigorous third party auditing program. Scofield also won the award for its leadership and respect for the environment.
“Scofield Timber Company and its representatives well deserve a lot of recognition for their professionalism and dedication to the environment,” said Olin Hicks, northwest Georgia area manager for Weyerhaeuser. “The award has been long in coming and I’m glad to see them get it.”
During an awards banquet in Perry, Georgia, Larry Spillers, Weyerhaeuser area manager commended Scofield for its “high professionalism?hat sets the example for governmental agencies to develop their harvest permitting processes.” In addition, Spillers said Scofield’s work has helped prove to government agencies that timber harvesting can co-exist in sensitive and heavily populated areas of the state. Weyerhaeuser also commended Scofield for the positive results it achieved in working with sensitive environmental issues, such as the endangered snail darter, pristine trout streams, and national forest land.
“I am thrilled with the recognition given to our foresters and logging crews,” said Jay Bear, Scofield president. “Their dedication and excellence extends to every facet of the forestry business. Weyerhaeuser has always set the industry standard and we’re very excited that they singled us out for such an honor.” Scofield assigns to each harvest setting a forester who develops a harvest plan that focuses on positive impact to the environment. Following the Best Management Practices for Georgia, the forester monitors the harvesting process to ensure the plan is followed and manage any issues that may arise, such as keeping debris and silt out of streams. Recently, Scofield received recognition from the Nature Conservancy for protecting and maintaining the integrity of the environment during timber harvesting. In addition, Scofield is the only timber company that has ever been officially recognized by the Dekalb County Soil and Water Conservation District for “dedicated service in the conservation effort.” Since 1974, Scofield has been an industry leader in timber harvesting in the Atlanta metro area. The company harvests more than one million individually selected trees on nearly 20,000 acres annually. Scofield specializes in leaving the land in its best possible condition after the harvesting of trees.
Weyerhaeuser is an international forest products company that employees 45,000 people worldwide and had a total of $12.3 billion in sales in 1999. The company’s principal businesses are the growing and harvesting of trees; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction and development.