Rison logger receives state honor

James Wilson of Rison recently was named the Arkansas Forestry Association’s Logger of the Year.

The award was presented on Oct. 3 during the group’s annual meeting in Little Rock.

“James has and continues to be someone who thinks ‘outside the box,’ and has been innovative in the use of technology to increase productivity, efficiency and safety,” said AFA Executive Vice President Max Braswell. “He has always understood the importance of the resource he’s been entrusted to utilize, is devoted to his community in so many ways and has made a vital economic impact in the Rison area and the entire region.”

After receiving a forestry degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, James worked as an industry forester and equipment salesman before joining the family’s logging business in 1990.

James is a partner in River Ridge Equipment, a new company that rebuilds and refurbishes skidders and skidder parts. T