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by Mike
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Planting in New Zealand
Replies: 5
Views: 1026

Re: Planting in New Zealand

I eventually want to do an Australia/NZ run, but after I get my trades ticket. Probably in 5 years, at 34, a last hurrah before I become ancient and decrepit.
by Mike
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: $15 wage?
Replies: 9
Views: 574

Re: $15 wage?

>Companies are really struggling to find workers this year. Many top companies are searching high and low Companies were struggling to find people 3 years ago. It's good to hear it's still going on. Also, shaving EI hours to 8 instead of portal to portal is going to be the new norm. 8 hours = $129.6...
by Mike
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Corsair (formerly Backwoods)
Replies: 37
Views: 4679

Re: Corsair (formerly Backwoods)

The Toronto-Dominion Bank
Claim $33,129 for debt.
Defendants

Corsair Field Services Ltd. and Jason Carey Lorraine
Plaintiff

Doesn't that mean they are the ones doing the suing? or am I misunderstanding? I'm impressed you even found that.
by Mike
Wed May 03, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Leadership books for a crewboss
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: Leadership books for a crewboss

Great suggestions from Mr. Tesluk
by Mike
Wed May 03, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Tree Planting in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 7375

Re: Tree Planting in Europe

My last hope is to find employment in Sweden, where I planted for a season last year with a company that went bankrupt.
You worked there. None of us did. I'd love it if you wrote more about it; where people were from, rate of pay, areas worked.
by Mike
Wed May 03, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Tendinitis/ Tendo
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Tendinitis/ Tendo

Don't do it. I've seen a lot of people work through tendo by having shitty seasons filled with half days and extra days off and making no money.
by Mike
Wed May 03, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: What is the WFCA?
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: What is the WFCA?

Huh, cool. Good luck!
by Mike
Wed May 03, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Squatting instead of bending
Replies: 8
Views: 477

Re: Squatting instead of bending

45 degree offset was a game changer for me late in my planting career.

"First, don't bag heavy. Don't ever bag heavy or brag about bagging heavy, or let your foreperson see you as a heavy-bagger. That will only destine you for the long skinny pieces of land with bad access. That's truth."

So truth.
by Mike
Wed May 03, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2017 Public Bid Results
Replies: 139
Views: 15179

Re: 2017 Public Bid Results

Late to the show and not saying much;
Contractors are barely on speaking terms as it is
WCSA conference says otherwise. But no, I don't collusion is a problem, either.

Great thread, so much info here...now if more than a handful of planters would look at it.
by Mike
Tue May 02, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Timberwolf
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Re: Timberwolf

Scooter, I believe Tom Stoops has a hand in this project.

One day I'll go to Australia and do a Scotland style review. 3-4 years from now. Also vote to merge with australia master thread, if there is one.
by Mike
Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2017 Public Bid Results
Replies: 139
Views: 15179

Re: 2017 Public Bid Results

# of Trees: 350,000 ---------- 01. $102,900 - 29.4 cents per tree - Paramount Scooter, doing the work that should be done. Also, I'm surprised nobody pointed to this and floated the idea that it might be 3-4 local guys + a pick up truck. If your overhead is gas + mileage, that's $25000-$33000 per pe...
by Mike
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: BC Employment Standards Complaints Process - A 3 month saga
Replies: 6
Views: 774

Re: BC Employment Standards Complaints Process - A 3 month saga

Just teasing you. I'm sure things have changed drastically since I was there.
by Mike
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Coast Range Contracting
Replies: 68
Views: 11729

Re: Coast Range Contracting

Shift 28: Down hill. Saturday July 11th, Day Off 30 Maya got to camp, supposed to pick up 2 quads. There were 3 quads there. (They bred!). The quad trailer doesn't fit the hitch on her truck, so she instead tries to put one quad in the back of her fist, but it has wooden sides slightly to narrow for...
by Mike
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Coast Range Contracting
Replies: 68
Views: 11729

Re: Coast Range Contracting

Coast Range 2015 Summer Plant: Too long, won't read: Prices: Started decent, nose-dived, then randomly good blocks mixed with garbage that mostly served to agitate the people who didn't get them. Camp averages: Started in the $200-$250 range, slid to the $150-$200 range, with a few random good days....
by Mike
Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Planting in the United Kingdom
Replies: 110
Views: 8149

Re: Planting in the United Kingdom

Thanks for coming and doing this. I hope this helped you find some people.
by Mike
Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: BC Employment Standards Complaints Process - A 3 month saga
Replies: 6
Views: 774

Re: BC Employment Standards Complaints Process - A 3 month saga

Are you not concerned that they'll share your name around with other companies? In particular, you mention working for Coast Range and Folklore in your other post, both of which also to my knowledge might fall afoul of an employment standard law or two --- do you expect to get hired back at either o...
by Mike
Sun May 15, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Health Care for American Planters in Canada
Replies: 4
Views: 458

Re: Health Care for American Planters in Canada

Third party travel insurance is cheap (~$1-$2/day) depending on what plan you get, so there is kinda no reason for your employee not to get it and save himself some trouble down the line.
by Mike
Sun May 15, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: When do you unwrap the bundles?
Replies: 1
Views: 190

Re: When do you unwrap the bundles?

Foresters occasionally try to tell people to only unwrap a certain number (1, 2, 4, one of each species), which everyone pretends to do for a while. For the most part, everyone unwraps all of one side of a bag.
by Mike
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Fatigue is equivalent to Impairment
Replies: 2
Views: 646

Re: Fatigue is equivalent to Impairment

Increase prices, strictly limit hours. If you can all make your $300-$500 by pounding for 7 hours, +0.5-2hours drive on either side, you're a shorter, less energy intense day. Use log and insurable hours to enforce.
by Mike
Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs

People have several times told me he did a tree-planting episode, but I don't think it's true.
by Mike
Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Equipment Used by Planters
Topic: Planting gear for sale in Victoria, BC
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Planting gear for sale in Victoria, BC

Planting gear for sale in Victoria, BC. See this imgur link; http://imgur.com/a/GaxP0 1) Rubber overall rainpants. Imported from Scotland, where they were worn daily. In Canada, only worth breaking out for 1-3 degree rain, which was daily in Scotland and rarer here. $10 2) Caulks wrench and ~30 caul...
by Mike
Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: The Ultimate Camp Costs Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 2741

Re: The Ultimate Camp Costs Thread

I was shopping at Black Creek/Oyster River grocer, plus Courtenay and Campbell River on the day off. I think the only time I had pasta, I added prawns, sausage, and bacon, plus made my own sauce with a bunch of veggies.
by Mike
Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: The Ultimate Camp Costs Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 2741

Re: The Ultimate Camp Costs Thread

I actually recorded my food spending this March-April-May on the coast and in the South Interior as well March: $460 -- $15/day April: $330 - $11/day May: $500 - $16/day. I ate well and ate a decent bit of prepped food (which is more expensive). Breakfast, I had fruit salad (with strawberries, mango...
by Mike
Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Drug Testing for Planters
Replies: 35
Views: 7355

Re: Drug Testing for Planters

I've seen some good steps taken in relation to fatigue impairment, although much much more is needed there. Quite honestly, I find it astounding, insulting, and despicable that forestry companies should focus on drug testing for impairment before considering their own direct and intentional role in...
by Mike
Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Barge Safety & Lasqueti Daughters
Replies: 38
Views: 2956

Re: Barge Safety & Lasqueti Daughters

Great statement, and totally fair. I'm glad that he treated the planters well.
by Mike
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Barge Safety & Lasqueti Daughters
Replies: 38
Views: 2956

Re: Barge Safety & Lasqueti Daughters

I am more curious about, who is the government agency that is supposed to be checking on and enforcing these things? Or are all the boats out there just assumed to be following the rules with no enforcement?
by Mike
Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Barge Safety & Lasqueti Daughters
Replies: 38
Views: 2956

Re: Barge Safety & Lasqueti Daughters

The board said its investigation determined there was a lack of safety oversight. It said the vessel did not hold the required Transport Canada inspection certificate and had not been inspected.
How long was it running without inspection, and who's job was it to get it inspected?
by Mike
Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Corsair (formerly Backwoods)
Replies: 37
Views: 4679

Re: Corsair (formerly Backwoods)

Several friends work there, and talk very highly of the work, culture, and people. The pay after end of season model left me concerned enough to not go there.
by Mike
Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Videos & Websites Related to Planting & Forestry
Topic: Outdoor Living Network Ed's Up, Tree Planting
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Outdoor Living Network Ed's Up, Tree Planting

I watched it. They're a little unnecessarily dickish to Ed on camera (worst rookie ever/shittiest planter ever...what do you really expect), but all in all, it was pretty good. Decently done/solid humour/etc.
by Mike
Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Videos & Websites Related to Planting & Forestry
Topic: Outdoor Living Network Ed's Up, Tree Planting
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Outdoor Living Network Ed's Up, Tree Planting

Hey, thanks for finding that and putting up the link
by Mike
Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: The Connaught, Prince George
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Re: The Connaught, Prince George

Such hipster. Much postmodernism.
by Mike
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: looking for Spring coastal work
Replies: 38
Views: 1642

Re: looking for Spring coastal work

If things go as planned, I will never plant trees again. 1) I think substantial education, and even a 1 or 2 year contract gig as a "forestry labour enforcement officer" who went around to planting camps and looked at payroll and talked to planters would be awesome. Actually getting the companies to...
by Mike
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: WSCA Conference Schedule for 2016, Kelowna
Replies: 2
Views: 211

Re: WSCA Conference Schedule for 2016, Kelowna

Designed as a practical smart phone tool for workers for keeping track of daily planting totals, it also works as a prompt and primer on worker’s rights under the B.C. Employment Standards Regulation. Principal designer Steve Mueller will present. I like this. I hope it's heavy handed with lots of ...
by Mike
Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Legacy (formerly The Planting Company)
Replies: 33
Views: 7503

Re: The Planting Company

Hey Adrian! Cool to hear that you and Stephen are still around --- you guys were great. Neat to hear how things have changed, and I'm glad Legacy Reforestation is now looking a little more like a standard planting company, and good call on ditching Trees Consulting --- Blue Ridge was probably always...
by Mike
Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Ask a Forester
Replies: 50
Views: 10054

Re: Ask a Forester

I'm under the impression that red-rot holds moisture poorly, and in areas that are too wet, that is excellent, and in areas that are too dry, that is terrible, and that this is the reason for the variance.
by Mike
Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Tree Planter Union?
Replies: 26
Views: 3634

Re: Tree Planter Union?

You're missing the point. I get that it's sarcasm. I've been planting for 8 years. But ask my good friend who is thinking about planting for the first time and can't name a single planting company who is being sarcastic in that thread and who isn't, and her success rate is going to be far from 100%.
by Mike
Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Tree Planter Union?
Replies: 26
Views: 3634

Re: Tree Planter Union?

I don't think having an in represents the only situation where a newer planter ends up at a better company --- I think knowledge of where to look does play a role as well, and either way, that's the condition I'm capable of effecting, and thus I will.
by Mike
Fri Aug 21, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Tree Planter Union?
Replies: 26
Views: 3634

Re: Tree Planter Union?

For all the "there is too little work for all the good planters who deserve it" type comments, I still have seen 5th + year vets at rookie mills who are sort of looking to move on but not sure where, and 2nd and 3rd year planters get hired on at very good companies --- because someone on the circuit...
by Mike
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Tree Planter Union?
Replies: 26
Views: 3634

Re: Tree Planter Union?

I am not doing it for recognition, I'm doing it because I believe strongly in freedom of information. As for companies you actively promote, let's quote you from the top 5 planting companies thread; 1.Khaira 2.Batlang 3.Rock Reforestation 4.Bryan Adams 5.Osprey My personal Favourites. And nothing be...
by Mike
Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Tree Planter Union?
Replies: 26
Views: 3634

Re: Tree Planter Union?

@Gingerplanter, yet in another thread , you don't want planters even hearing the names of the best places to work (much less e-mails and phone numbers, I imagine). You want people to move away from bad companies? Be aggressive about giving people good solid information information about the good and...
by Mike
Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Companies that work before May 1st or after September 1st
Replies: 11
Views: 2652

Re: Companies that work before May 1st or after September 1st

Hey, I haven't posted any contact information up there, just names and dates. It's up to planters to find a way to contact them.
by Mike
Mon Aug 17, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Companies that work before May 1st or after September 1st
Replies: 11
Views: 2652

Re: Companies that work before May 1st or after September 1st

Bumping to point out I don't have Integrity on that list, but also don't have time to update, so.
by Mike
Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Heavy Tree Boxes
Replies: 13
Views: 853

Re: Heavy Tree Boxes

Why is a single box weighing in at 80 pounds? There must have been a ridiculous amount of non-absorbed water splashing around in the plastic bag for it to hit that weight.
by Mike
Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Tree planting sure isn’t what it once was
Replies: 17
Views: 1242

Re: Tree planting sure isn’t what it once was

Also, even if Thomas' description is accurate for 60% of the industry, the remaining 40% would drag the average up substantially.

Still need to go through the raw data myself.
by Mike
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Tree planting sure isn’t what it once was
Replies: 17
Views: 1242

Re: Tree planting sure isn’t what it once was

It seems like this article was based on the Tyee article? http://www.replant.ca/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=66516 to which I responded: According to the most recent Labour Market Index, three-quarters of planters across the province earned $16 per hour or less during the 2014 planting season, while o...
by Mike
Sun May 31, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Planting in Australia
Replies: 101
Views: 5469

Re: Planting in Australia

https://www.facebook.com/timberwolfplanting?fref=ts

Australian company with ex-Canadian planters running it
by Mike
Sun May 31, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Celtic Reforestation
Replies: 91
Views: 12197

Re: Celtic Reforestation

I heard Celtic had a coastal show this spring, anyone worked it? How'd it go?
by Mike
Sat May 23, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Pesticides applied to trees?
Replies: 25
Views: 1236

Re: Pesticides applied to trees?

What percentage of planters do you estimate wear nitrile gloves, and wash their hands before eating and smoking as recommended?