Trouble Tree Service branches out and other wood news

Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on December 20, 2017 8:49AM

Last changed on December 20, 2017 9:18AM

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainBrandon Casper (left), owner of Trouble Tree Service and Construction of Wallowa and his right hand man, Max Tovar of Joseph, in the midst of working on a house in Enterprise.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainBrandon Casper (left), owner of Trouble Tree Service and Construction of Wallowa and his right hand man, Max Tovar of Joseph, in the midst of working on a house in Enterprise.

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It’s great to watch a business develop.

We’ve been watching Rose and Brandon Casper’s “Trouble Tree Service” shop go up at 606 Wynema Street and Hwy 84 in Wallowa for the last three years and it’s nearly complete.

Of course Brandon has been working all that time, taking down troublesome trees throughout the county. He likes hazardous tree removal especially and collaborates with Eric Sinclair of Sinclair Brothers Tree Service of Enterprise often.

“I like working with Brandon,” Sinclair said. “He’s a good guy and does a good job. He takes pride in his work, no matter what kind of work it is.”

A third generation Wallowa Countian, Brandon, is the son of Don and Kathy Casper of Wallowa. His wife, Rose, is a Montana girl who moved to Wallowa County for a job at Sterling Bank (now Umpqua Bank, in Enterprise). She was embarking on a career, but then she met a good looking, serious young bank customer named Brandon Casper and decided to fulfill another goal and make a lateral move career-wise — using her banking experience in a more specific field.

Brandon has a Construction Contractors Board (CCB) license with a tree service specialty, but he’s now branching out more into construction work. He’s worked on construction projects with Enterprise-based homebuilder Donnie Rynearson, and local electricians Kenny and Ernie Knifong of Knifong Electric.

The plan is to do tree service in the spring and fall and general construction year round, said Rose.

Right now Brandon and his right hand man, Max Tovar of Joseph, are working on a patio and covered porch at Linda and Steve Testerman’s rental on Golf Course Road in Enterprise.

“They’ve done a great job,” said Steve Testerman. “It’s a small, but very testing job. I’m really pleased. I knew Brandon was a smart young man but I didn’t realize he was as talented as he was. He takes it personal and wants every detail perfect.”

The new “Trouble Tree Service” shop space in Wallowa will eventually provide a storefront for customers and the large repair bays already facilitate keeping the bucket truck, log loader and other equipment in tiptop shape.

Rose, who has been busy lately with little Jacob Casper, 2, and Isabelle, 9 months, plans to keep office hours sometime in the future. In the meantime, you can call or text Brandon for a construction job or tree work at 541-398-8212.

In other tree related news, I just want to remind people that Butch Tanzey owner of Tanzey Forest Improvement has a lot full of wood out behind Back-Achers off the Truck Route Road in Wallowa that he’s harvested off the wood lots he manages. It’s mostly Douglas fir and other pulp logs and he has about 250 cords left to cut, he said.

The firewood is available either “you load” or delivered in a dump truck able to carry three cords.

“A lot of people really like being able to come down and get it,” Tanzey said. “They would like to go to the woods, but they have trouble finding the time and location.”

Although he delivers wood to Enterprise and Joseph for a further cost, Tanzey said he advises folks to use a wood cutter from their own town. “Those guys can maybe deliver cheaper than me,” he said. “It costs to load up a big truck and deliver.”

The “come and get it” price is $180 per cord and delivery around Wallowa goes for $200 a cord.

You can call Tanzey at (541) 398-0352.



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