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Bighorn Logging Corp
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Harve Dethlefs, President
VERNONIA, OREGON - June 02, 2011 ...
VERNONIA, OREGON - June 02, 2011 - Bighorn Logging owner and president Harve Dethlefs signals the loader operator on "Ridge 77" in the Clatsop State Forest.
Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian
Harve Dethlefs, president of Bighorn Logging Inc. in Banks, grew up in a logging family.
His oldest son, Dwayne, was one of the colorful loggers in TVs reality show "Ax Men.
Harve thought the show was nonsense and didn't want any part of it.
He has a solid reputation; in 2008 the Oregon Department of Forestry named his company one of its "Forest Practices Operators of the Year" for building a berm to steer debris away from homes near a landslide-prone logging site.
Dethlefs left logging at one point and worked 20 years as a warehouse manager for Tektronix, the pioneering Oregon high-tech company.
came back to the woods in the early 1980s and started his
Until Ridge 77, Bighorn
was a contract logging outfit, cutting and hauling for the mills and bigger companies that could afford to buy timber sales.
was intrigued by the low minimum price for Ridge 77.
bid $570,438 or $205.86 per thousand board feet and dropped off the required deposit at the Clatsop State Forest's
district office in Astoria.
bid was well above the state's minimum and a gamble, but he
figured the market might recover by the time he
didn't expect to win.
"I told the gal, 'Well, we'll come back this afternoon to pick our bid deposit,'" he
returned, the woman said he
couldn't have his
check back -- he'd won.
"Holy mackerel," Dethlefs
Dethlefs, the company owner, waited as long as he could to log, watching the stumpage price rise and keeping an eye on the calendar.
By contract, he
had to finish by Oct. 31.
Seven others worked on the site in addition to the fallers.
By the time the crew finished hauling logs off the site this spring, mills were paying $400 to $450 per thousand board feet -- double what Dethlefs
"It worked out pretty good for us," Dethlefs
"Pretty good margin."
Harve Dethlefs began Bighorn Logging Corp. in 1981, after a 20 year career for
Oregon-based electronics company, Tektronix.
Bighorn Logging has been a
leader of timber harvesting and forest management in NW Oregon ever since.
The industry has changed drastically over the last 30 years; as President, Harve
has kept ahead of those changes by always upgrading to the newest machinery
In his spare time, Harve enjoys the outdoors and is an avid
hunter and fisherman.
He loves to fish on his property on the Trask River, and
continues to hunt every fall in Oregon as well as throughout the Western U.S. and
Harve has been part owner of Eureka Peak Lodge and