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by krahn
Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:02 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: .
Replies: 32
Views: 4126

Re: Why Aren't Stashers Being Dealt With?

That ranges from where it's slightly easier to cheat, to the other end of the Spectrum where it's accepted as something you do on the down low. I know Coast Range doesn't have an amazing reputation, but it isn't unfair of you Krahn to make that insinuation given that you haven't worked there? I hav...
by krahn
Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:59 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: What's your favorite flagging color? (for planters)
Replies: 15
Views: 3053

Re: What's your favorite flagging color? (for planters)

unless you get a block with even occasional spots of blue flowers, then it starts getting confusing. we had some of those last year, but 99% of the time this isn't an issue.
by krahn
Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: .
Replies: 32
Views: 4126

Re: Why Aren't Stashers Being Dealt With?

The question that started this thread was "Why aren't stashers being dealt with?". Based on the responses thus far, it seems that in most cases they are being dealt with, and harshly. However, the "dealing with" process is probably not something that companies like to talk about too much. It's not ...
by krahn
Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: .
Replies: 32
Views: 4126

Re: Why Aren't Stashers Being Dealt With?

Does China work for Spectrum? Not only do many there assume the ballers are stashing, according to multiple sources in different camps, but they've been caught more than once in the past few years, and still haven't lost some of these contracts, despite some major problems. I would agree that there'...
by krahn
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: It’s a Record Planting Year. We Think.
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Re: It’s a Record Planting Year. We Think.

Hmm, interesting. Well if fuel costs remain unexpectedly low, and there's lots of extra trees offered towards the end of the season, maybe there will be some lucrative blocks. Easier to get raises as well.
by krahn
Sat May 03, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: Equipment Used by Planters
Topic: Ultimate light-weight tree planting shovel
Replies: 9
Views: 645

Re: Ultimate light-weight tree planting shovel

Started stumbling through the idea when we first came across The Ultimate Tree Planting Shovel: http://www.silviculturemagazine.com/articles/winter-2013/ultimate-tree-planting-shovel WOW. That is a work of art, I WANT one. There's nothing heavy and strong enough for my liking available to buy. But ...
by krahn
Sat May 03, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Equipment Used by Planters
Topic: Shovels
Replies: 9
Views: 714

Re: Shovels

i met someone last season with a shovel almost this short! insane. i'm not flexible enough to use this, but might be great on a steep piece.
by krahn
Sat May 03, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Equipment Used by Planters
Topic: Polypro shirts for tree planters
Replies: 4
Views: 355

Re: Polypro shirts for tree planters

helly hansen polypro shirts used to be standard issue. when not washed often though they stink, much worse than something like merino wool, which i prefer.
by krahn
Sat May 03, 2014 6:34 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Watch This Space
Replies: 3
Views: 335

Re: Watch This Space

hmm, yes there's some possibilities here. will you be buying some paint for your crews this season?
by krahn
Sat May 03, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Legacy (formerly The Planting Company)
Replies: 33
Views: 7680

Re: The Planting Company

i met someone in value village last weekend that mentioned that said much of TM's people, including foremen, weren't returning this year. they were my rookie company and besides the terrible prices, they broke many laws and i'm surprised i ever made it past the one season. they've had better years t...
by krahn
Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: The Inane & the Insane: things that confuse you on the block
Replies: 16
Views: 1080

Re: The Inane & the Insane: things that confuse you on the b

I agree with Scooter, planting a tree would affect our orbit, hell it might even nudge the sun's rotation enough to be measured on a quantum level. On a slightly related note, last week I was curious about how much an asteroid impact might change the length of our day, and found this... https://www....
by krahn
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Music & Songs Related to Planting
Topic: blocktreat beats
Replies: 2
Views: 1183

Re: blocktreat beats

Yeah that's the idea, I'm hoping people over the summer allow these beats to incept their dreams, and come July or August the words will just flow.
by krahn
Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: Music & Songs Related to Planting
Topic: blocktreat beats
Replies: 2
Views: 1183

blocktreat beats

Back in 2007 we started collecting treeplanting tunes, searching high and low for for classic depictions of silviculture, which we knew there were plenty of. We also recorded some new ones. What we ended up with a year later was Hi and Ho, We Plant Trees, still freely available here... http://freemu...
by krahn
Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Massage Therapists
Replies: 8
Views: 4415

Re: Massage Therapists

as much as everyone in camp has wished massage therapists in camp, the only time i've seen one was at NGR the breakfast cook brought out her table, and in the evenings and days off she was very busy. the sign-up sheet was so filled up i actually never got one. not sure what she charged but i bet she...
by krahn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: which is faster - low density or high density?
Replies: 13
Views: 3366

Re: which is faster - low density or high density?

what's tough is if you're asked to plant stumps, and the density they ask for is just a bit lower or higher than the natural placement of the trees. on the other hand stump planting can be very lucrative if the density is dead on, then it's prepped ground. that is, if there's actually soil. so yeah ...
by krahn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Northern Reforestation Ltd.
Replies: 27
Views: 6217

Re: Northern Reforestation Ltd.

Not sure if anything needs to be said, but '13 was an exceptional year for Northern. The money was great, the food fantastic, the people mostly consist of vets who've been around for a while and enjoy each others' company although there were some new faces as well. The fucking bugs were worse last s...
by krahn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Videos & Websites Related to Planting & Forestry
Topic: Luc Forsyth's photo blog - some great photos
Replies: 14
Views: 1249

Re: Luc Forsyth's photo blog - some great photos

in outland's defence, they have some very fast, lucrative contracts, that highballers return to year after year. i don't know if i trust that their average stays that high throughout the entire season but there is money to be made in more than one camp, and they pay on time and they're more professi...
by krahn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: Videos & Websites Related to Planting & Forestry
Topic: This will teach you not to turn your back on a moose
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: This will teach you not to turn your back on a moose

is it just my browser? i can't see anything other than your text.
by krahn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:08 pm
Forum: Videos & Websites Related to Planting & Forestry
Topic: Timber Kings - Tree Planting
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: Timber Kings - Tree Planting

cool, this show is finally out. a while back a producer asked for some music and i showed them the planting album and they asked a couple of the musicians permission to use tracks, so hopefully they were used.
by krahn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: Music & Songs Related to Planting
Topic: Katy Best, "Planter Lover"
Replies: 1
Views: 952

Re: Katy Best, "Planter Lover"

very nice!
by krahn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: Music & Songs Related to Planting
Topic: Tahsis Haunted House
Replies: 1
Views: 906

Re: Tahsis Haunted House

tell us more about this haunted house!

i planted a bit west of tahsis for a contract once, years ago. my very first coastal experience but didn't get to check out the town much. it seemed pretty lifeless, compared to what it apparently used to be, but i liked it.
by krahn
Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: performance enhancers
Replies: 39
Views: 11804

Re: performance enhancers

i'm not saying that there aren't beneficial stimulants one could take, but you can definitely plant 20000 trees a shift without them. at least some can, and i suspect most could with the proper training and preparation. the problem is that the body and especially the brain is so intricately wired th...
by krahn
Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:33 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Tree Planting Robot design
Replies: 20
Views: 1561

Re: Tree Planting Robot design

i can't see machines matching the cost efficiency a good vet can get, if you count all the various factors, including a lack of healthy care for the human. that is, i can't see that happening any time soon, with seedlings, not for quality trees on difficult land. if they start using seed more, that'...
by krahn
Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Tree Planting Robot design
Replies: 20
Views: 1561

Re: Tree Planting Robot design

If in the future -I- could become a tree planting robot via cybernetic joint enhancements and muscle grafts and such, that would be pretty cool. this is not just sci-fi i'm sure we'll be using some sort of mechanical assistance one day. at first they'll be a bit bulky, and only used by those compan...
by krahn
Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Planting-themed moments in Movies
Replies: 6
Views: 893

Re: Planting-themed moments in Movies

this scene in fearless is great! never seen how this work is done before. if i was younger i'd want to go try it for myself.
by krahn
Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Khaira Enterprises
Replies: 331
Views: 7106

Re: Khairi making news - another BCTS success story

thanks for the update! also nice to see famous canadians give their voice to the issue...

"Norm Macdonald, the NDP forestry critic, is unmoved by the minister’s assurances. “These people were clearly exploited, and the conditions that allowed that to happen are still there.”"
by krahn
Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Ambidextrous Planting
Replies: 14
Views: 3536

Re: Ambidextrous Planting

I think people should all at least attempt to learn this way, although it would help to have a good teacher. A problem is that most ambi planters I've seen are only ambi in some aspects of their technique. So they learn to plant a bit off-balance. Here's a good overview of why everyone should learn ...
by krahn
Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: What's your second favorite flagging tape colour?
Replies: 8
Views: 2243

Re: What's your second favorite flagging tape colour?

i think one must also keep in mind what your neighbors prefer, especially if you're not flagging much for yourself. ask the person who's following your line if they can see your purple flagging, and if you didn't bring any other colours and it's invisible to them, at least use bigger pieces and flag...
by krahn
Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: What's your favorite flagging color? (for planters)
Replies: 15
Views: 3053

Re: What's your favorite flagging color? (for planters)

are any of the votes for Teal from companies other than folklore? it's the only place i've seen it. although i must say it's not too bad, i prefer blue but this bluegreen colour isn't nearly as bad as i expected. i think one thing to account for is the amount of pigment in the flagging. transparent ...
by krahn
Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Next Generation Reforestation (NGR)
Replies: 66
Views: 13721

Re: Next Generation Reforestation (NGR)

shawniganlaker wrote:Dayrate is the way to go.

Apparently NGR has figured out how to screw this up though...$200/day foreman, laughable.
I did a bit of checking for NGR in 2012, and I made more than that. I didn't ask but I doubt the foremen made less than me. I felt the compensation was decent.
by krahn
Tue Dec 24, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: BC Interior vs. Northeastern Alberta
Replies: 2
Views: 686

Re: BC Interior vs. Northeastern Alberta

depends on the contract and the company, but i'd say it's quite different. highballers from one province go to the next can complain about tree prices and a variety of other things, because they can't make the same money. there's an adjustment period. for instance, in alberta it often takes an extra...
by krahn
Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Podcasts and Audio Books
Replies: 10
Views: 682

Re: Podcasts and Audio Books

judge john hodgman is on maximum fun right? i love that podcast, good for planting to. my favourite though is this... http://www.howstuffworks.com/stuff-to-blow-your-mind.rss also this american life is good, wiretap is hilarious in fact if you hearing me laughing uncontrollably on a block it's proba...
by krahn
Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Dragons Dens Former Tree Planter Bruce Croxon
Replies: 27
Views: 2098

Re: Dragons Dens Former Tree Planter Bruce Croxon

Scooter wrote:Of the White Russians clan?

you bet.

actually, come to think, "you bet" is quite a non-sensical way of saying "yes".
by krahn
Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Dragons Dens Former Tree Planter Bruce Croxon
Replies: 27
Views: 2098

Re: Dragons Dens Former Tree Planter Bruce Croxon

holy leaners batman. you'd think for the camera he'd straighten it out, or maybe the angle is just funny. anyway... in the episode i saw he twice mentioned "3 million trees" and i was thinking he might be some planting legend, but if it's long ago then it's even more doubtful. i've planted next to a...
by krahn
Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: bruce croxon
Replies: 1
Views: 379

bruce croxon

I caught a bit of Dragon's Den tonight, and one of the dragons, Bruce Croxon, claimed to have planted just shy of 3 million trees. Now I don't see why he'd make up this number if he hadn't but I wanted to check to see if others here knew him, as there's not all that many people to plant so many. His...
by krahn
Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Setting Tree Prices After The Fact
Replies: 18
Views: 3339

Re: Setting Tree Prices After The Fact

I've worked for companies that do this, and at least in one case it's not so bad. I mean there's a base price and then raises for bad land, but it happens often enough that you really don't know your price till after the numbers come in for the block. I'm fine with this system as long as the supervi...
by krahn
Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: Videos & Websites Related to Planting & Forestry
Topic: Hardcore Treeplanters
Replies: 59
Views: 3922

Re: Hardcore Treeplanters

i was under the assumption that one needed to log in to these forums to read most messages. if they can in fact be indexed then that would at times influence what i write. not often, but sometimes.
by krahn
Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Would Harper ever give the axe to treeplanting entirely?
Replies: 15
Views: 1269

Re: Would Harper ever give the axe to treeplanting entirely?

so does the ministry of forests have no impact on our industry? it was my vancouver riding where years ago harper's backdoor deal had david emerson switch parties after our riding overwhelmingly voted against the conservatives... emerson did it for the ministry position. and not everybody was happy ...
by krahn
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Videos & Websites Related to Planting & Forestry
Topic: Hardcore Treeplanters
Replies: 59
Views: 3922

Re: Hardcore Treeplanters

as to borrowing information from replant.ca... i don't remember my own complaints with your site exactly and i don't have time to revisit it now, but i think it was less you borrowing photos, which is common in the blogosphere, and more that you were posting dialogue from these private forums. which...
by krahn
Wed May 02, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Equipment Used by Planters
Topic: Importance of Sharpening Your Shovel
Replies: 15
Views: 1442

Re: Importance of Sharpening Your Shovel

early on i slightly cut myself after over-grinding the sides of the blade... i realized that one shouldn't go all the way up, just sharpen the bottom edges to that degree. i have lots of personal experience with slicing through rooty blocks much more effortlessly than those around me, so i know ther...
by krahn
Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:02 am
Forum: Equipment Used by Planters
Topic: Importance of Sharpening Your Shovel
Replies: 15
Views: 1442

Re: Importance of Sharpening Your Shovel

Great point, never really thought about the width aspect too much, when initially grinding down a new blade. Although last time I bought a workwizer i didn't do any grinding, just filed it sharp. Which does take a while but hey, you get better at sharpening. Are the newer thicker workwizers the same...
by krahn
Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: Equipment Used by Planters
Topic: Importance of Sharpening Your Shovel
Replies: 15
Views: 1442

Re: Importance of Sharpening Your Shovel

I on the other hand would highly recommend daily filing. By the end of my planting career I was getting less lazy about it because I noticed the difference, especially on rooty ground. Yes you'll wear the blade down sooner but I had an older, tougher Workwizer blade that could hold the edge longer t...
by krahn
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Seneca Enterprises
Replies: 15
Views: 3597

Re: Seneca

seneca is alright for a first or even second year treeplanter, or possibly longer if you get on with a really good crew and don't mind super long drives. but besides the many issues i had with them during my time there (it's been a while), you just miss out on the whole camp experience. there's defi...
by krahn
Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Planter Recruitment Program
Replies: 71
Views: 3280

Re: Planter Recruitment Program

mwainwright wrote:yeah that had to have been someone else, as i didnt discover that site until after i started planting, which was the 2002 season.
actually that was probably you, could've been a bit later. i feel old.
by krahn
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Planter Recruitment Program
Replies: 71
Views: 3280

Re: Planter Recruitment Program

i liked it because people could post anonymously (although i always used my real name, as i do now), which led to some seriously dramatic shit from time to time. well, as dramatic as it can get on the internet anyways. I do remember you on that board Wainwright, definitely. Although I may be confus...
by krahn
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Folklore Contracting
Replies: 83
Views: 21787

Re: Folklore Contracting

I was checking on this contract, and planted a few bagups as well. I found that the 11 cent blocks were the best money, despite the wider spacing. The denser stuff definitely should have been a cent more, and a cent extra on the wide stuff would have often been lucrative. I can't even remember exact...
by krahn
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Northern vs Southern Interior
Replies: 1
Views: 441

Re: Northern vs Southern Interior

Good question. But from my own experience it would be difficult to divide it into anything resembling 3 uniform regions, based on land or specs. I found the Falkland area in the Okanagan to be a lot more similar to William's Lake than the area north of Terrace was. West of Williams gets rockier and ...