Appalachian Blue Ridge Heritage Hardwoods

Owner Profile

The Bennett Family has been involved in the logging and lumber business for more than 200 years in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.  Steve Bennett continued the family tradition and entered the logging business in 1970.  In 1982, he purchased a local sawmill operation, of his own, and founded “Bennett Logging and Lumber, Inc.”  Union Church Millworks was added in 1996.

His personal land holdings are part of the Certified American Tree Farm Systems under the oversight of the American Forest Foundation and is SFI qualified.  Production from his own timberlands equals or exceeds 75% of Union Church Millworks manufactured volume.

Mr. Bennett has long been regarded as a leader and innovator in the Wood Industry.  His awards and recognitions include:

  • 1979 “Logger of Merit Award” from the Virginia Forestry Association
  • 1980 U. S. Forest Service “75th Anniversary Award” for his contributions to forestry and conservation on National Forest Lands
  • 1981 “Outstanding Independent Logging Contractor” by the American Pulpwood Association
  • 1983 “Pacesetter Award” from Timber Harvesting Magazine for his willingness and ability to improve logging operations through innovation
  • 1991 “Man of the Year in Forestry” by the Virginia Forestry Association
  • Served as past Chairman of Appalachian Forest Management Group
  • Past Director of the Virginia Forestry Group Self-Insurance Association
  • 1997 appointed by then-Governor George Allen to serve on the Open-Space Advisory Board for the State of Virginia
  • 2000 appointed by Governor Jim Gilmore to serve on the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation Board of Trustees
  • He has testified numerous times at Congressional Hearings in Washington regarding issues to Agriculture and Small Business Concerns
  • Recently appointed to Virginia Association of Counties Environmental and Agriculture Steering Committee
  • Past Winner of the Local Tri-County Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Year Award”
  • Current Chairman of the Local Government Board Of Supervisors