Two Humboldt County natives who are heavily involved and invested in the local timber industry were honored as part of the annual Redwood Region Logging Conference, which ended Saturday at Redwood Acres fairgrounds.
A native son of the Eel River Valley is the recipient of the 2019 Achievement Award, presented by the Redwood Region Logging Conference at the 81st annual gathering.
Tony Leonardo, owner of Leonardo Logging, received his award at the RRLC banquet on Friday with a crowd of more than 600 people looking on.
“Thank you, Jake, and board for this honor,” Leonardo said, referring to 2019 RRLC President Jake Morris and the board of directors. “And thank you to my family.”
Leonardo has a long history of working in the woods in Humboldt County. He graduated from Ferndale High School in 1972 and went right to work for Herky Lawrence, and then for Tom Lyall, the latter considered by Leonardo to be his mentor. Leonardo worked for Lyall for 18 years and then worked for Chambers Logging, The Pacific Lumber Company and Three Rivers Logging as a timber faller. He also worked for Canevari Timber Company as a choker setter.
Leonardo Logging was established in 1993 and has had work as a contractor for The Pacific Lumber Company, Humboldt Redwood Company, Green Diamond Resource Company and Sierra Pacific Industries. Last year, Leonard Logging took on a new partner, Dave Carter, a former Green Diamond Resource Company employee and longtime friend of Leonardo.
“I love working in the woods,” Leonardo said. “It is also inspiring to young people getting into the (logging) business and I want to be here to help them out.”
Shining Star Award
Humboldt County native and 40-year timber industry worker Linda Herron was selected to receive the 2019 Shining Star Award. This award is presented annually to a timber industry supporter, with longtime dedication and involvement.
Herron worked first for Humboldt Community Services District and then went to work for Simpson Timber Company, continuing to work there when Green Diamond Resource Company was formed. She started out handling scale tickets and payroll and currently is in charge of budgeting and analysis operations for California timberlands.
Herron has been and continues to be active in the Women in Timber organization, having served as president of California Women in Timber, as well as several terms as president of the North Coast chapter of Women in Timber.
Herron is a 26-year member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West and is considered the honorary “Mayor of Korbel,” where her office is located, and where she coordinates the town’s activities and is organizing a community garden.