LIBBY, Montana – The owners of CRD Timber and Logging, a specialist in high elevation line logging, has contracted for F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co., a dimension lumber mill based in Columbia Falls, since the Decker family migrated to this area in 1983. “We are the primary line logger for Stoltze,” says Russ Decker, 56, who manages CRD’s daily operation. Both companies trace their business roots back a century or more; Stoltze marked its 100th anniversary in 2012, and CRD has had five consecutive generations of Decker men in the timber industry (represented in Russ’ sons Tyson (T.C.), 31, and Cody, 25).
The CRD name comes from the initials of its owner, Charles Russell Decker, Russ Decker’s father. Charles also helped found the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a conservation-minded hunting organization devoted to improving and preserving habitat for future generations.