BTB 53: Tapscotts Awarded 2020 National Outstanding Logger
Published on: Tuesday 10th November 2020
– Rick Meyer, FRA Regional Manager
Charles “Binky” Tapscott and Troy “Guke” Tapscott started logging with their father, Harvey, in the 1980s, when they were only in their late teens. They have steadily grown the operation into the current business that now operates ﬁve logging crews and one chipping crew, numerous company-owned and contract trucks, and a large inventory of mostly in-house built log and chip trailers. The Tapscotts’ multi-faceted harvesting operations deliver wood to numerous mills throughout Virginia and beyond. Additionally, the Tapscotts’ outstanding ability to maintain logging equipment led them to form their own logging equipment dealership, Forest Pro, with Tigercat as the primary line. Forest Pro has quickly grown to three locations across central Virginia.
The Tapscotts have a long history of innovating. They were one of the ﬁrst logging contractors in Virginia to employ a farm tractor with a “street sweeper” brush and a water truck to clean the roads if their truckers happened to track any mud onto a public roadway. Binky and Guke have always been mechanically gifted, building their own gate delimbers and fabricating their own log trailers. Binky created his own version of a chain ﬂail delimber and patented a reversible slasher saw. They also created their own gigantic clambunk trailer for long hauls from the woods to the log deck and are now experimenting with a drone for monitoring the progress of their crews’ forest harvesting and BMP work.
The Tapscotts are known across Virginia for their ability to conduct all types of timber harvests, and they receive high praise from the landowners whose timber they harvest. Proud of their work, Binky and his team have often cooperated with the Virginia Department of Forestry and local schools to allow students and others to observe their harvesting operation and learn more about logging and forestry.
The Tapscotts became big supporters of the Log A Load for Kids program soon after it ﬁrst started in Virginia. Additionally, Binky Tapscott has been a long-time member of the Virginia Forestry Association (VFA) and the Virginia Loggers Association (VLA), and he serves on the VLA Board of Directors. Each year, he and other forest industry members visit Virginia’s legislators and educate them on important forest issues in Virginia and the nation. Binky and his wife have made numerous visits to Washington DC with the VLA as part of the American Loggers Council’s annual legislative Fly-Ins.
FRA’s Outstanding Logger Award program is designed to raise the visibility of professional logging contractors and to encourage other loggers to adopt the performance of the award winners. Impressively, the Tapscotts have won FRA regional Outstanding Logger Awards three times now, spanning three decades: In the Appalachian Region in 1992 and in FRA’s Southeastern Region in 1998 and 2020.
Virginia based Forest Pro is set to open a new branch location in Ashland, off of the I95 just north of Richmond, and just in time for Expo Richmond 2014, May 16-17.
Forest Pro shows off stunning new facility during Expo Richmond weekend.