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by Screefhead
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: The Myth of Perfect Density Debunked
Replies: 29
Views: 1598

Re: The Myth of Perfect Density Debunked

I'm pretty sure I'm the planter referenced by sghyselinks. Nothing beats having to plant 500+ trees for free , just because a pair of douchebag - suckup checkers were too lazy to do more than 1 density plot per hectare. In both cases the plot was centered right on the corner of a slashpile, despite ...
by Screefhead
Sat May 31, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Pay for driving, walk - ins , overtime questions.
Replies: 2
Views: 1951

Pay for driving, walk - ins , overtime questions.

I'm one month into a shitshow where we've been averaging 4-5 hours driving each day, 30 - 45 minute walk-ins and 12- 13 hour workdays. Questions : 1. At one point is a planting contractor obligated to pay planters for travel time and when does overtime kick in or does it at all). 2. Is it legal to p...
by Screefhead
Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2014 Public Bid Results
Replies: 157
Views: 43631

Re: 2014 Public Bid Results

^^^ is that the Fraser Valley contract?
by Screefhead
Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2014 Public Bid Results
Replies: 157
Views: 43631

Re: 2014 Public Bid Results Thread

Am I missing something ? My math on the Dewan FSJ bids above works out to 32.1/31.6 = 1.016 = an insignificant 1.6% increase in price. Plus, a shit company like Dewan winning big contracts doesn't inspire much optimism in how the bidding will go this year.
by Screefhead
Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Walking Math
Replies: 15
Views: 973

Re: Walking Math

If you pay a flat price such as camp costs for a walk in , usually the "highballers" will be doing all the bitching. I've witnessed more than a few $400/day planters whining about how unfair it is that they're getting paid the same as a $300-$350 planter for a walk in.
by Screefhead
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:28 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Coastal planting is for the pros only
Replies: 12
Views: 1197

Re: Coastal planting is for the pros only

Depends on the contract where you plant on the coast. Still lots of screefing and mineral soil only planting happening.
by Screefhead
Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Joyce Murray
Replies: 8
Views: 871

Re: Joyce Murray

On a related note, did anyone here get a email requesting donations for the Joyce Murray leadership bid from Brinkmart.

It would be a cold day in hell before I'd ever donate to a candidate endorsed by a greedy, sellout hippy like Dirk Brinkman.
by Screefhead
Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Setting Tree Prices After The Fact
Replies: 18
Views: 3252

Re: Setting Tree Prices After The Fact

Prices after the fact can go in one direction only...If you ever have your price dropped at the end of the day you should be raising hell ! The last time this happened to me was a brushing contract in Kamloops. of 9 brushers on the job only the Foreman and his Best bud remained when the smoke clear...
by Screefhead
Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2013 Public Bid Results
Replies: 195
Views: 29430

Re: 2013 Public Bid Results

Bid price will only tell part of the story. For example smaller companies like Hybrid 17, Corsair and others will pay out a far higher percentage of bid price to their planters than companies with bloated management such as Brinkman, Summit, NGR and others. Of course, very few contractors are willin...
by Screefhead
Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2013 Public Bid Results
Replies: 195
Views: 29430

Re: 2013 Public Bid Results

The Fieldstone Fraser Valley contract was mostly a very good contract for its planters. Unfortunately for them , Zanzibar now has the work there.
by Screefhead
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Next Generation Reforestation (NGR)
Replies: 66
Views: 13392

Re: Next Generation Reforestation (NGR)

Actually the block in question was massive and lasted at least 20 or more days planting. The entire camp could have ( and should have ) been finishing up that area. Instead, things happened just as Ham described. Only the new hires and the African crew ( who had been there all year) ever saw the shi...
by Screefhead
Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Next Generation Reforestation (NGR)
Replies: 66
Views: 13392

Re: Next Generation Reforestation (NGR)

Sounds familiar, it wasn't this camp was it
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and your block looked something like this ?
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by Screefhead
Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2013 Public Bid Results
Replies: 195
Views: 29430

Re: 2013 Public Bid Results

A guy nicknamed KIwi does most of the trenching in that area. He used to be a planter/ camp trouble shooter at Blue Collar a few years back.
by Screefhead
Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2013 Public Bid Results
Replies: 195
Views: 29430

Re: 2013 Public Bid Results

Are the blocks on the Williams Lake - Evergreen contract located down the Enterprise road?
by Screefhead
Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:14 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Next Generation Reforestation (NGR)
Replies: 66
Views: 13392

Re: Next Generation Reforestation (NGR)

Have to agree with Inga, too much favortism in Doms camp to recommend anyone work there. Its also pretty well known that Lawrence and Will get the much better contracts.
by Screefhead
Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2013 Public Bid Results
Replies: 195
Views: 29430

Re: 2013 Public Bid Results

It must be very frustrating for the good contractors bidding on contract knowing they are competing with lowballing scum like NGR and Spectrum.
by Screefhead
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Fall 2012 Coastal thread
Replies: 15
Views: 1420

Re: Fall 2012 Coastal thread

Is anyone even planting yet on the island? I'm beginning to worry its going to be a real shit season because of the dry conditions and later startups.
by Screefhead
Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:57 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Coastal Rookie
Replies: 46
Views: 10347

Re: Coastal Rookie

There is a shoe repair guy in Port Alberni that will put caulks in hikers. He does a very good work repairing boots also. Does anyone know who? And approximate cost? I just wear normal chainsaw caulks, but this might be useful info to a lot of people. Cost is around $150ish, plus whatever your boot...
by Screefhead
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Coastal Rookie
Replies: 46
Views: 10347

Re: Coastal Rookie

The Vibergs are kind of expensive unless you know you're going a few coastal seasons There is a shoe repair guy in Port Alberni that will put caulks in hikers. He does a very good work repairing boots also. Some foresters allow the climbing helmets - some don' t. I try to avoid contracts that force ...
by Screefhead
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Charged for replant, a month later
Replies: 11
Views: 3059

Re: Charged for replant, a month later

Obviously its Seneca, seeing as MattW just posted a review of his year there recently.
by Screefhead
Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Corsair (formerly Backwoods)
Replies: 37
Views: 4675

Re: Corsair?

jason lorainne. Corsair is based out of Williams lake, no point contacting Eagleslll he dorsn't work there any longer..
by Screefhead
Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Potentially Offensive Terminology
Replies: 8
Views: 793

Re: Potentially Offensive Terminology

I often hear group planting referred to as gang bangs. I also find it offensive when a checker says planters are "slutting " in too many trees.
by Screefhead
Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Corsair (formerly Backwoods)
Replies: 37
Views: 4675

Re: Backwoods\Corsair looking for planters/pounders

Agreed , but at the same time I can do without the stress of hoping I wont get burned for a huge chunk of money . Nor should i have to beg for money every 2 weeks, assuming you can even get ahold of Jason . By the time I was paid in July I was owed close to $14,000 , I'm sure there were many planter...
by Screefhead
Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:29 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Were you ever happy making $200?
Replies: 76
Views: 4536

Re: Were you ever happy making $200?

B Dawg speaks the truth regarding Brinkmart. Who the hell else has such contempt for their planters that they would have them camping on the Coast in February. Why camp when hotel rooms are readily available for rent that time of year. Brinkmart meets every criteria in Nates post on how to identify ...
by Screefhead
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Corsair (formerly Backwoods)
Replies: 37
Views: 4675

Re: Backwoods\Corsair looking for planters/pounders

Can people at Corsair expect to get paid every 2 weeks this year, or will they have to wait until the middle of July to get paid like in 2011? Also, will any pay stubs be issued this year or will planters be expected to take it on faith that their pay was done correctly?
by Screefhead
Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Taxes for Treeplanters - You & the Canada Revenue Agency
Replies: 65
Views: 5337

Re: What can you claim on income tax while planting?

Its been my experience working for various Alberta companies that if want a T2200 you'll have to pester the company to get it. Its not that they're opposed to giving out the forms, many just dont want to do the work preparing them. The reasons for not giving RWA dont seem to make sense either. It st...
by Screefhead
Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Taxes for Treeplanters - You & the Canada Revenue Agency
Replies: 65
Views: 5337

Re: What can you claim on income tax while planting?

I claim camp costs, vehicle expenses ( gas, maintenance, insurance ..etc), hotels and food . Although, if your claimed expenses exceed a certain percentage of your gross income you will probably get audited. If you get RWA you are not allowed to claim work expenses AFAIK. Getting RWA is far preferab...
by Screefhead
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: how many people does it take to throw a plot?
Replies: 22
Views: 1436

Re: how many people does it take to throw a plot?

I'd rather have a crusty experienced checker throwing plots than a bunch of rookies on my piece anyday.
by Screefhead
Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: These Boots Were Made For Walkin'
Topic: Viking Boots
Replies: 4
Views: 859

Re: Viking Boots

Black Tusks are probably the worst caulk boots I have ever tried . Heavy, uncomfortable, hot and near impossible to get them to fit snug on your feet. IMO even the orange rubber caulk boots are an upgrade. Do you really need caulks in Alberta? Most planters just use hikers or rubber boots for when i...
by Screefhead
Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Equipment Used by Planters
Topic: Ideal Shovel Specs
Replies: 22
Views: 1175

Re: Ideal Shovel Specs

Mike wrote:
I wonder if anyone in Canada has planted a bare-root in the 21st Century. it's so entirely different it's hard to explain.
I haven't, but I know people that have.
I planted bare root for my entire first season
by Screefhead
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Coastal vs Interior
Replies: 6
Views: 670

Re: Coastal vs Interior

I don't think too many people are under the illusion that the coast is where the best money is made. The only real advantage of coastal planting is that it gives you an extra 35 - 70 days of work. Its pretty much impossible to get a 100+ day season anymore unless you do the coast. I've worked for a ...
by Screefhead
Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: "EATING DIRT" non-fiction book by CHARLOTTE GILL
Replies: 37
Views: 2935

Re: "EATING DIRT" non-fiction book by CHARLOTTE GILL

Really. As a long time planter and avid reader, I thought this book sucked. Maybe 15 pages of interesting planting anecdotes, but the rest was BORING. Waste of money. I agree. I imagine the only people who would enjoy the book are planters who worked with Charlotte at Bivouac. Otherwise the book is...
by Screefhead
Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Were you ever happy making $200?
Replies: 76
Views: 4536

Re: Were you ever happy making $200?

I agree with the OP in that low prices don't necessarily mean bad quality. It just seems like pure arrogance that a few posters here assume that just because they'll plant shit trees if the price is low, that every planter will do the same. I doubt there is any significant difference in planting qua...
by Screefhead
Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2012 Public Bid Results
Replies: 205
Views: 27980

Re: 2012 Public Bid Results

I agree the statistical analysis of the awarded contracts is somewhat misleading but it was a good summary nonetheless. And it is obvious Folklore was the worst bidder as evidenced by these 2 results: FFT Vanderhoof Bid on 1,184,138 spring seedlings Planting 866,000 seedlings 20-30% Heli/remote quad...
by Screefhead
Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: big dirk
Replies: 19
Views: 1540

Re: big dirk

and getting back on topic.... Can someone actually post a link to any info pertaining to the Brinkman bailout. i googled it and came up with nothing.
by Screefhead
Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: big dirk
Replies: 19
Views: 1540

Re: big dirk

Does anyone know if Brinkman actually did get a big government bailout a few years back? Or is it just another unsubstatiated internet rumor?
by Screefhead
Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: E.I. job search questionnaire
Replies: 8
Views: 6066

Re: E.I. job search questionnaire

Rainman pretty much summed it up. If you've only talked to a couple of employers then you're probably screwed. Where i live you're expected to contact a minimum of ten employers a week. Last year I worked into November, yet by mid December was called in for a job search interrogation. The investigat...
by Screefhead
Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Too Big Too Fast
Replies: 23
Views: 1645

Re: Too Big Too Fast

Regarding what happened to 888 , i don't think anyone really knows the whole story. Just relaying what I was told by a former 888 planter.
But, why would a a big successful company, with lots of works , all of a sudden just shut down?
by Screefhead
Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Too Big Too Fast
Replies: 23
Views: 1645

Re: Too Big Too Fast

I heard from a former planter of triple 8 , that their owner racked up a bunch of debt and split town. Whatever happened to all the big Alberta companies. Tsuga, Olsen, Bruin, Wolverine, Forest Tree Consultants,they all that just disappeared.
by Screefhead
Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2012 Public Bid Results
Replies: 205
Views: 27980

Re: 2012 Public Bid Results

Despite all the griping about Summit, consistently the worst low ball offenders seem to be NGR and Windfirm. I too agreed that the there should be some rule where the lowest bid is eliminated if it isn't within a certain percentage range of the average bid or next lowest bid. That more than anything...
by Screefhead
Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: New enforcement agenda from Employment Standards
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Re: New enforcement agenda from Employment Standards

So does this mean companies like Corsair Services (formerly Backwoods) who didn't pay anybody in 2011 from early May until well into July will actually be held accountable? AFAIK they never issued pay stubs at all either. You just get a lump sum of money in your bank account mid July with no documen...
by Screefhead
Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Wonderful planting camps 2011
Replies: 4
Views: 623

Wonderful planting camps 2011

Some of the beautiful planting camps sites of 2011 Corsair - 100 Mile House - Great site if only there'd been running water the first shift. http://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo149/enduro_96/DSC00679.jpg view from the cabin http://i370.photobucket.com/albums/oo149/enduro_96/DSC00678.jpg Things went...
by Screefhead
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Khaira Enterprises
Replies: 330
Views: 6398

Re: Khairi making news - another BCTS success story

Few (if any) companies ever pay travel time.

The whole BCTS - Khairi fiasco is such a joke. One year later and the govt is still trying to pass the buck or explain the situation as some kind of isolated incident.
by Screefhead
Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Raven Ventures
Replies: 24
Views: 5845

Re: Raven Ventures and Waterside Ventures

I'm pretty sure Earl Hughes 2 sons have more or less taken over Waterside Ventures.

Connie runs her own company based out of Quesnel . Really good prices . mostly locals, short season.
by Screefhead
Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Vacation Pay after 5 Years
Replies: 8
Views: 639

Re: Vacation Pay after 5 Years

So now after 5 years with the same company your pay will be : tree price minus 6% holiday pay, instead of tree price minus 4% holiday pay.
by Screefhead
Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Potentially significant impact on industry wages
Replies: 54
Views: 2906

Re: Potentially significant impact on industry wages

The only changes I could see happening is that planting companies might be even less inclined to hire new rookies and lowballers will be fired much quicker.
by Screefhead
Thu Mar 17, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Snow & start dates...
Replies: 37
Views: 2369

Re: Snow & start dates...

Was suppose to start March 1, but it's been snowing almost everyday since. In hindsight I should have started mid January when everything was wide open and before this late snowfall (I would have had 3/4 of my project done by now). On the bright side though, Mt Washington now has 670 cm of snow mak...
by Screefhead
Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Rock Reforestation
Replies: 23
Views: 1550

Re: Rock Reforestation

Have any of the people in this thread even bothered trying to contact the forester responsible responsible for awarding this contract to Rock Reforestation .

It sounds like Rock needs to be put out of business and the work given to an honest company.
by Screefhead
Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2011 Public Bid Results
Replies: 133
Views: 19509

Re: 2011 Bid Results

At those bid prices Osprey cant be paying much more than !2c a tree, unless they're doing the work just to keep planters working.
by Screefhead
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Should Planters Do Dishes?
Replies: 29
Views: 6545

Re: Should Planters Do Dishes?

At our camp we brought our own dishes and washed them ourselves. So I'm talking about washing the cook's pots and pans. Giving the cook a $25 budget sounds like a good system though. Does the cook bag you up at the cache? Rub your feet after work? Probably not, there are two words that best describ...