by Kelli Barnes
The worldwide increase in the demand for biofuels has directly benefitted the Tyler County economy with the opening of the German Pellet Plant, and, in 2014, the Biomass Plant. There is an increasing demand for logging contractors. North American Procurement Company (Napco) is quickly adding them to its business.
Best management Practices (BMPs) are designed to help landowners, foresters, loggers and others protect water quality during forestry. The 3,000th logger to complete the BMP program through Texas Forest Service and the Texas Logging Council is Ryan Arwine of Tenaha. Arwine follows Jamie Metts of Cleveland, who was recognized as the 2,000th logger to complete the program.
"These men represent the best of the best in the logging woods today," said Charlie Gee, TLC coordinator. "They operate successful logging businesses, and at the same time, do their part to protect the environment and get involved in helping the future of logging in East Texas."
Arwine lives in Tenaha with his wife Charity, a schoolteacher, and their three children ages 10, 8 and 5. "I grew up in Dallas and met my wife while in college at SFA (Stephen F. Austin State University) in Nacogdoches," said Arwine. "After graduation, I worked for five years as a Registered Nurse and another five years as a Firefighter Paramedic." Today, Mrs. Arwine home schools their three children and Arwine owns and operates Arwine Trucking.
"I have always been fascinated with big trucks, machinery and logging," said Arwine. "In 2011, I met Harper 3H Logging and bought my first truck. I am up to five trucks now, own equipment and have an excellent logging crew." His crew members are Charlie Garrett, Nick Samford, Charles Nash, Carlos Booth, John Mathis, Richard Livingston, Clint Jenkins and Clint Walker.
In April, Arwine began working as a contractor for Lonnie Grissom of North American Procurement Company (Napco), a Woodville based business. "Napco is proud to have good contractors who do a good job," said Grissom. "This upcoming year, we will be adding approximately six more logging contractors to cover the demands of the German Pellet Plant and the Biomass Plant opening in 2014 in Woodville."
Grissom also stated he is thankful for elected officials who are trying to help the forestry and logging industry in Texas...especially James White. "It has been a long time since we have had a representative working to help make things better for our industry." The new weight limit laws are in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) rules process currently. They are expected to be complete this month. "It has helped for DPS to honor our 20/60 permits during this waiting time, " said Grissom.
Arwine joined the Texas Logging Council to get involved in BMP, to promote safety and environmental protection. "Years ago, before I became educated on reforestation practices, I was critical of logging," said Arwine. "Now, I want to help educate the public on the sustained forest initiative and what an asset the logging industry is to the economy in Texas."