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The unique three-person team of C & C Green Enterprises, Inc.
By Kurt Glaeseman
“We like to think we’re not the ordinary, run-of-the-mill logging operation,” says logger Charlie Green, of his logging operation near Cedar Flat, east of Springfield, Ore.
It’s not every day you rub shoulders with a husband-wife team, who smoothly synchronize a tracked 650 John Deere and a Komatsu Avance PC excavator, and a Stihl-totin’ “retired” faller whose passion is packing mules for mountain hunts.
Finding Their Forte
Charlie grew up with a logger dad near Lincoln City, Ore., and at 17 he was setting chokers behind a Cat. Time spent at the University of Oregon convinced him that his working life should be spent in the woods. He cut timber, working at far-flung spots like Covelo, Calif., and built up a crew of eight guys.
National Tree Farmer of the year Bob Kintigh inspects a containerized seedling.
Unfortunately, rising insurance and employment costs forced him to regroup. He was hesitant to invest heavily in feller bunchers, but found that he and his wife Connie could work ef- ficiently together at niche logging, like removing hazard trees for the Oregon Department of Transportation. He taught Connie to run a skidder, and they began picking up more and more thinning and specialty logging jobs.
Connie graduated from a D3 CAT, to a D4, to her present 650 John Deere. They bought a 1972 Mack truck to move equipment and later a 1987 Ford truck and trailer. In 2007, Charlie switched from his Case excavator to the present Komatsu Avance PC120, a machine he finds maneuverable, comfortable, and completely adequate for the jobs they take. Connie always liked the D3 and D4, but she appreciates the advantages of the John Deere 650J XLT the ease in adjusting track, the smoother winch, and the heater, which she claims is a much appreciated upgrade.
The Greens work well as a team, and the team is enhanced by the addition of Monte Ramp, a “retired” faller, who insisted on keeping his mule-packing calendar open for fall hunts, and Dick Yoder who keeps his self-loading log truck on the move.
Charlie Green working with the Komatsu Avance PC120 Excavator.
Charlie, Connie, and Monte (when a faller was needed) developed a routine. Connie would research log prices at the mills. They’d build the necessary logging roads. They’d contact Yoder for the trucking, and they’d start cutting some wood. Unique Jobs Enter a former Oregon State Senator, who is also the 2006 National Tree Farmer of the Year.
The day we visited the Greens, they were harvesting a small parcel of high quality Doug fir on carefully managed land that had been a hayfield seventy years ago. Charlie and Connie Green had contracted with owner Bob Kintigh, known for his nursery stock of conifer seedlings, his Christmas tree farm, and for his exacting and scientific management of the Kintigh Doug fir parcels.
Independent trucker Dick Yoder hauls some fine Doug fir to the mills.
The Greens had the appropriate machinery, the accumulated experience, an exemplary track record, and the willingness to clearcut parcels averaging only five acres. Christmas Tree Contractor The “hill” the Greens were harvesting overlooks Bob Kintigh’s immaculate Christmas tree plots, orderly greenhouses, and other parcels of healthy Doug fir. Kintigh, who came to Oregon in 1947 with a degree in Forestry from Penn State, wanted to grow timber on his Mountain Home Ranch.
Kintigh saw Christmas trees as in interim crop and then began a nursery service that developed from seeds-inthe- ground to a high-tech containerized operation. Now, total annual nursery production is approximately two million seedlings, but the first years weren’t easy. Kintigh remembers years when the family existed on a poverty income. But his ideas were sound, and eventually the business prospered. He offered Doug fir, Valley Ponderosa pine, Noble fir, and red cedar seedlings. His Christmas tree varieties included Noble fir, Doug fir, and Turkish fir, a specialty for the retail market seeking something unusual.
Charlie Green of C & C Enterprises, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Politics & White House Trees
A highly respected forester and tree farmer, Kintigh served in the Oregon Senate from 1987 to 1999, where he sat two terms as Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. He was Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year in 1968 and 2005, and he was National Tree Farmer of the Year in 2006. In 1992, an 18.5-foot Grand fir from the Kintigh plantation became a White House Christmas tree, and he proudly displays a handwritten note of thanks from First Lady Barbara Bush.
Such honors are well deserved. Visitors are welcome to tour the Kintigh property, where the management goal for the timberland has always been maximum sustainable wood production without damage to the soil productivity, environment, wildlife habitat, or water resources. According to Kintigh, the yearly harvest acreage can be increased or decreased as necessitated by market conditions or financial needs. His approximate production goal would be to average five acres per year over the decade, with an annual production of about 50 truckloads of logs.
Connie Green in cab of her 650 John Deere. Left: Charlie Green of C & C Enterprises, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon. Getting Down to Business
Charlie and Connie Green respect Kintigh’s overall plan and tight speci- fications. The 70-year-old trees range from 22 inches DBH, to quite a few at 30 inches, and a few on the outside at 38. The log sort is easy: Larger logs go to Zippo in Eugene and the smaller logs go to Weyerhaeuser in Coburg.
When Monte drops the trees, Charlie is waiting for them with his Komatsu. Connie skids them to the deck. Kintigh says the resulting clearcut is the only way to grow Doug fir efficiently. The land is then ready for a planting crew with genetically improved seedlings from the nursery. The cycle is renewed. Charlie’s right. They are no “run-ofthe- mill logging operation.”