The medal was presented to Kissock during the Institute of Chartered Foresters' National Study Tour 2009 in Huntly, Aberdeenshire. The award recognised a "lifetime of dedication and contribution".
After graduating with a first class honours degree in Forestry from Aberdeen University in 1974, Kissock commenced a lifelong career with James Jones & Sons.
In 1997 he became joint managing director of the company and was awarded an OBE for services to the industry in 2005.
John Kissock said: "'I am delighted to accept this medal from the Institute not least because I know it come from my friends and colleagues within the industry. I've been fortunate enough to receive previous honours but this one is extra special given its origin.
"However, my small contribution to the industry was only made possible by the support of work colleagues, senior colleagues within James Jones and all the talented people I have met and worked with.
"It is an exciting time to be working in the industry and I am sure the positive profile of an industry with strong environmental credentials can only continue to improve given the current debate on climate change and sustainable development."
ICF president Bill MacDonald said: "In awarding John Kissock the Medal of the Institute, we are delighted to recognise a lifetime of dedication and contribution to UK forestry."
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