Replant.ca is a website devoted to the Reforestation industry in specific, and the Silviculture industry in general. The emphasis is mostly on Western Canada, but we're not picky. Dig around the website, see what you think, and check out the forums. Read below for news items.
March 23rd, 2015:
I just saw a note about an interesting promo that experienced planters might be interested in. If you go to the www.treeplanting.com website and write a review of any of the products there, you'll be entered into a draw for a free BushPro shovel. Pretty much every experienced planter should own one of the items that this company sells, so you should be able to spend ten minutes writing a review, and I assume that the odds of your name being draw would be pretty good since there probably won't be a ton of entries.
March 11th, 2015:
I now have an instagram account for Replant. I'm going to slowly start uploading a lot of old photos to it. I'm assuming that I'll be posting between two and four photos per day, because I don't want to overload peoples' feeds. At that rate, I should have the backlog of photos caught up in about 4.5 years, although I have a lot of other old photos that I haven't scanned yet, so it might take longer than that. Here's the URL: instagram.com/replant.ca
March 10th, 2015:
I've added the MP3 to my 2014 Planting Memories video onto Soundcloud. If you want to play it, or grab the free download, here you go. To download, click on the little down-arrow icon in the top right corner:
February 13th, 2015:
If you're looking for a job as a first-time tree planter, or even more importantly, if you've already secured a position, you're probably wondering what to expect. Click on THIS LINK to view a comprehensive series of industry training segments targeting first-year tree planters. It's all free information that is being shared thanks to support from the Western Silvicultural Contractors' Association.
February 9th, 2015:
There are a lot more opportunities in the field of silviculture than just tree planting. Other activities such as brushing, spacing, wildfire suppression, silviculture surveys, GIS work, timber cruising, and other jobs can turn your interest in forestry into a viable full-time career. Go to www.SilvicultureCanada.ca to learn more.
January 11th, 2015:
And finally, the 2014 Summer Memories planting video from Replant.ca:
November 23rd, 2014:
Hey planters, I just discovered a new supply company where you can buy planting gear/supplies online. Go to www.treeplanting.com to check out their website. Their prices look quite reasonable. I'll look into this more, but I assume they'll be able to ship anywhere in Canada so you can order and try out your gear in the pre-season.
September 12th, 2014:
Click here to sign up for the WSCA's free newsletter, which comes out approximately once every two weeks. The WSCA is the Western Silvicultural Contractors' Association, and helps both companies and individual silviculture workers by trying to improve our industry.
October 14th, 2013:
Click here to see a new photo gallery by one of my foremen, Andrew Ulmer. Photos taken in 2013, in various locations.
September 30th, 2013:
Khaira Enterprises is once again in the news with the commencement of a Human Rights Tribunal hearing in BC today. Unfortunately, it appears that the Khaira debacle will continue to leave an unwarranted black mark upon western Canada's reforestation industry. Many western Canadian reforestation contractors are professional, legitimate companies, and the number of shady firms who don't adhere to provincial laws and regulations is relatively low. To read more about a discussion of the Khaira story (starting in 2010) by actual planters, click here.
September 1st, 2013:
If you're interested in general news about silviculture, bookmark this link: Silviculture Canada Weekly Paper. It's an automated publication that I've set up that collects information from the silviculture and forestry industries (mostly Canadian) based on Twitter feeds and other sources. It updates once per week on Tuesday afternoons.
February 14th, 2013:
Are you looking for notes from the Fit To Plant program? Their main website went offline a couple years ago, but is back. In the meantime, I have a couple of PDF's here on Replant that might help. Here's a new pamphlet about Wrist Maintenance. Also, you can click here for the full "Power Eating" booklet and here for the Top Ten Eating Tips guide.
February 10th, 2013:
This video will educate people about the differences between gasoline and diesel, and which fuels belong in which types of vehicles and equipment:
October 16th, 2012:
Want to see some coastal tree planting footage? Check out this video. The song featured was written as a memorial for Eric "Rooster" Rousseau, who died in a tragic falling accident (chain saw work) last fall.
June 10th, 2012:
For more about how BC's Employment Standards regulations can affect planters, click on this link. If you're a western Canadian planter already, I highly recommend that you read carefully though the tenth post in that thread!!
September 23rd, 2011:
Click here to check out a new planting and photo book by Simon Gregoire, which might be of interest to our French-speaking visitors.
June 12th, 2009:
Over the past couple of years, former tree planter Jordan Tesluk conducted a study of the effects of exposure from fertilizers and pesticides upon tree planters. The study was a joint venture between UBC and FPI Innovations (Feric Division), with sponsorship grants from WorkSafeBC, the WSCA, and Island Timberlands Partnership. You can read the results of this study here by clicking on the study summary or pamphlet, both of which are available for distribution as PDF files.
May 16th, 2009:
This can't be emphasized enough: if you're a planter, ALWAYS wear a seatbelt. Chances are extremely high that if you're going to be seriously injured in this industry, it will be in a vehicle accident. Why increase your risk of a major injury or death by neglecting to buckle in? Yet another planter died in British Columbia yesterday, needlessly. She probably would have been fine if she'd been wearing a seat belt at the time.
May 18th, 2004:
Last year, a tragic vehicle accident took the life of Julia James, a first-year tree planter in BC. Today is the anniversary of that accident. Click here to read a speech by her father, talking about ways to improve preparedness and prevent such events in the future. Thanks to the Western Silvicultural Contractors' Association's website for helping get this message out.