MFA’s 2010 Host Site Gaylord National Hotel

Room block extended to OCTOBER 16th

Located in Prince George’s County and just minutes outside of Washington, DC, the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center offers visitors everything they are looking for in a vacation, weekend getaway, business trip or just a night out.

Discover this first-class destination with fun for everyone, including fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, an indoor pool, and a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. And for late-night excitement, an express elevator speeds you to the two-story rooftop Pose Ultra Lounge.

Gaylord National is the perfect place to stay in order to enjoy the region's rich cultural and business destinations. Located in National Harbor, Maryland in Prince George's County, Gaylord National offers its guests convenient access to Washington, DC with an hourly shuttle service, water taxi to Old Town Alexandria, and shuttle service to Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Gaylord’s spectacular 18-story glass atrium welcomes you to the hotel, offering sweeping views of the Potomac River, Washington, DC and Old Town Alexandria. Come and discover for yourself this jewel of the capital region. Take an interactive walkthrough underneath their majestic climate-controlled glass atriums and discover the “wow factor" their guests keep talking about!

Single/Double Occupancy $149 / night plus tax
(Includes resort service fee)
Group rate available 3 days prior to and following the conference

Room reservation deadline is OCTOBER 16th

Help MFA meet its contract obligation and make the most of
your meeting experience by booking early.
Plan to bring the family….
National Harbor has something for EVERYONE!

Meeting attendees can reserve room directly at 301- 965-2000


Looking for MFA’s Next Logger of the Year

nominations needed by September 3, 2010

Since it began in 1987, the LOY award program seeks to recognize excellence in forestry and is open to all independent wood fiber harvesting or logging contractors. Preference will be given to those actively participating in the MD/DE Master Logger Program.

Who can submit a nomination? Anyone! Forest Landowners, foresters, forest products companies and fellow loggers are all encouraged to submit a letter of nomination for any logger they feel exemplifies the best in logging contractors. You do not need to be an MFA member to nominate someone for this award.

Judging: The nominations will be judge by members of the MD/DE Master Logger Steering Committee on behalf of the MFA Board of Governors. Finalists judged by on-the-ground inspection visit by a 2 or 3 member team appointed by the Board.

Prizes: Laser engraved wooden plaque, complimentary registration and guest package for finalist (and spouse) at the MFA Annual Conference in November. The recipient will be nominated to the Forest Resources Association's (FRA's) Outstanding Logger Award Program.

Deadline: Nomination must be received by the MFA Office in Grantsville by September 3, 2010.

MFA Logger of the Year ~ Past Recipients
2009 - Furman Forest Services, LLC, Frostburg, MD
2008-Norm Nicol, Tree Family Logging, LLC , Frostburg, MD
2007 - R&S Logging, Millington, MD
2006 - Sines Logging, Friendsville, MD
2005 - Cessna Brothers Logging, Clearville, PA **
2004 - Curtis E. Clark & Sons Logging, Everett, PA
2003 - Paul Egolf, Low Country Timber Company, Stockton, MD
2002 - Beckman Lumber, Mt. Lake Park, MD
2001 - Steve Brown, Longridge, LLC , Fruitland, MD
2000 - Clyde "Stevie" Stevenson, Ota Stevenson, Inc., Salisbury, MD**
1999 - Calvin Dolan, Jr., Dolan Logging, Oldtown, MD
1998 - Phil MacDonald, Timber Harvest, Inc., Cordova, MD
1997 - David Earl Opel, Double D Logging, Frostburg, MD
1996 - Payne's Logging, Inc., Delmar, MD
1995 - Arthur Egolf, Egolf Forest Harvesting, Delmar, DE
1994 - Jim Lynch, L&W Harvesting, Inc., Mardella Springs, MD
1993 - Fred Glasglow, Glasglow Logging, Salisbury, MD
1992 - Richard R. Brown, Salisbury, MD
1991 - Greg VanMeter, VanMeter pulpwood Company, Bushwood, MD
1990 - Eddie Moore, Willards, MD
1989 - D&J Timber, Swanton, MD
1988 - C.W. Matthews & Sons, Laurel, DE
1987 - Wallace Johnson, Mechanicsville, MD**

** These loggers received FRA's Regional Outstanding Logger Award Wallace Johnson for the Appalachian Technical Division in 1988
"Stevie" Stevenson for the Southeastern Technical Division in 2001
Cessna Brothers Logging for the Appalachian Technical Division in 2006.

funeral services for MFA Board member Mel Noland

On August 11, 2010, MELVIN L. NOLAND, of Kingsville passed away. Mel had served on MFA's Board of Governors since 2000 as a forest landowner and had been awarded its "Educator of the Year" award in 1999. He was the current president of the Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards.

The funeral service will be held at the family owned Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, Inc. 7221 Wise Ave. on Saturday at 10 AM. Interment, Oak Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday and Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Tree-Menous Maryland Foundation, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401 or call 410-260-8515.

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Published in Baltimore Sun on August 12, 2010