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.
June 28th, 2014:
Click here to watch a "Pound For Pemba" video by Community Forests International, who are fundraising to plant trees in Pemba. It's a worthwhile project which has been supported by Canadian tree planters for almost a decade now!
June 2nd, 2014:
I've had a flood of emails today from people who have read the newspaper article in The Province and who are looking for high-paying work as a tree planter. Don't believe the article. It's full of inaccuracies. Not even one out of a thousand planters can make the kind of money they alluded to. Fifty percent of applicants quit the job in their first four weeks. They're trying to lure more people into the industry with the promise of high earnings because the industry is suffering badly from low bid prices and declining worker wages. If you want to earn a lot of money, get a job in the Alberta oil patch. You'll make three times the money. I'll write more about this at some point in the future.
March 26th, 2014:
If you're looking for a job as a first-time tree planter, I'd recommend that you start by checking out THIS page first.
November 13th, 2013:
Interested in seeing how bidding is going this fall, for tree planting contracts in British Columbia for spring/summer 2014? Click here to see the thread on the message board discussing results to date.
October 17th, 2013:
And finally, the 2013 Summer Memories planting video from Replant.ca:
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 29th, 2013:
We've got new photo galleries online. Click here to see photos taken this spring, summer, and fall, including both Interior and Coastal photo galleries.
September 19th, 2013:
The Western Silvicultural Contractors Association has recently shared some pretty depressing information about planting wages & living expenses in Canada over the past decade. They've also recently hosted a Pricing Summit in British Columbia in order to allow silvicultural contractors and other industry stakeholders to participate in discussions about ways to ensure that the reforestation industry in western Canada remains sustainable. Some interesting charts, documents, and discussion can be found in the 2014 Public Bid Results thread on the Replant forums. Guests will be able to read information there, but you have to sign up for an account in order to post replies.
September 3rd, 2013:
Click here to follow Scooter on Twitter. It's a mix of tree planting thoughts/photos and retweets of information from other users about general silviculture/forestry/logging/wood information.
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:
January 10th, 2013:
A video from a small, family-owned producer in Alberta:
January 1st, 2013:
And finally, the 2012 Summer Memories planting video from Replant.ca:
October 27th, 2012:
Are you interested in tree planting in the spring/summer of 2013? Read this article in the PG Citizen and this article in the Capilano Courier before you make up your mind. Unfortunately, until contractors manage to increase the bid prices they submit for jobs, the industry will continue to suffer from wages that are significantly worse than they were just five years ago. You can probably make better money with less effort in many other industries.
October 26th, 2012:
There's another new photo gallery online, from my travels and forestry work for various companies in September & October, around BC and Alberta. Check out the photos page for the link.
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.
September 24th, 2012:
Go to www.bcsilviculture.ca to learn more about the BC Silviculture Workforce Initiative Committee.
September 1st, 2012:
This video shows Scooter planting a box of trees on a pretty fast oil lease in Alberta. Be aware that our land is almost NEVER this easy to plant in:
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!!
April 15th, 2012:
The western Canadian "Interior" planting season is about to begin! If you're a first-year planter getting prepared to go planting for the first time, you might find this short video to be useful:
February 24th, 2012:
Are you interested in cooking in a planting camp? Megan Maclure has been a planting camp cook for several companies, and has recently started a company called Grassroots Consulting. She also wrote the curriculum and taught the Camp Cook Training Program offered at Okanagan College. She is sharing her expertise on all kinds of camp catering, as well as offering recruiting, training and consulting services specific to remote camp catering. Whether you are an experienced camp cook already, or looking to get involved in the industry, I recommend that you check out her website at: grassrootsconsulting.ca
January 1st, 2012:
Want to learn to distinguish between various coniferous species in Western Canada? You'll need to know this info if you're going to be a tree planter.
October 2nd, 2011:
Interested in planting trees in the summer of 2012? I don't recommend it. Click here to see why.
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 8th, 2011:
Click HERE to read an article about planting (related to Khaira) in the June issue of OHS Canada Magazine.
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.
April 2nd, 2009:
Sackville, New Brunswick, is a very small town of about five thousand people. Yet despite this, it has produced a rich history of tree planters, whether they have been students at Mount Allison University, or local residents. One of Sackville's own residents, Jeff Schnurr, has made a big impact around the world with his Community Forests International organization. Click here to learn more!
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.
February 28th, 2008:
French planters, click here for more information about tree planting: "Les bases de la plantation," thanks to Patrick Nadeau.
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.