Aaron Jorden named LLC Logger of Year at annual convention in New Orleans
Louisiana Logger of the Year Aaron Jorden, second from right, is pictured with his
woods crew, Sante Douglas, from left, Mark McElwee, James Scott, Johnny Rhodes
and Hugh Hagan. Photo by Jeff Zeringue

• New Orleans

The Louisiana Forestry Association (LFA) and the Louisiana Logging Council has named Aaron Jorden as the 2017 Louisiana Outstanding Logger.

The award was presented Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at the LFA's 70th annual convention in New Orleans.

Jorden took over his dad's two-crew logging operation in 2003 when the elder, Billy Jorden, died unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina. Aaron was only 24.

Today, the 38-year-old Jorden runs a five-man crew at logging jobs along an east-west corridor from U.S. Highway 82 in Arkansas to Interstate 20 in Louisiana. Due to the economy, he had eliminated one of his crews.

"I can do a better job with one crew," the longtime Master Logger said.

Scotty Booth, a procurement forester for Canfor, nominated Jorden for his professionalism and hard work.

"He strives to please on every job he does and practices his BMPs," Booth said.

"He does an outstanding job."

Jorden credits his father for teaching him how to be a good worker, a good logger and a good man. "He taught me everything," Jorden said. "This Logger of the Year Award is dedicated to him."

A rarity in the logging business, Jorden offers insurance to his crewmen, if they choose it, but it's only a part of what he does for the men. His wife, Brandy, calls her husband a one-man operation when it comes to work, but he also spends a lot of time with his family, even helping coach his sons' baseball teams.

"His two boys (Case, 9, and Hayes, 5) are his top priority," Brandy Jorden said, but her husband's crew ranks high as he "makes sure they and their families are taken care of."

Jorden and Brandy have two boys, Case, 9, and Hayes, 5. Aaron Jorden, a Master Logger from Benton, had been nominated for Outstanding Louisiana Logger a fourth time this year, which proved to be the charm as a panel of three judges selected him winner of the award for 2017.