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by Scooter
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

I'm just passing through town, and have very little cell coverage. The viewing season has started. By the start of the week, I'll post a number of short links here, ie. how to find/interpret bids/results on BC Bid and other sites, and results from public bids. If I don't post results from a public b...
by Scooter
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here's what was in yesterday's WFCA Rumour Mill Roundup newsletter: One of the main functions of any brain is to figure out what is going to happen next. The same applies to intelligent businesses. The general irony, of course, is that the future is unknowable. Notwithstanding the latter, the WFCA h...
by Scooter
Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Links to Pages on the Main Replant Website
Replies: 0
Views: 53

Links to Pages on the Main Replant Website

Here is a direct list of links to pages on the main Replant.ca website: Historical/Reference: http://www.replant.ca/reference.html Photos: http://www.replant.ca/photos.html Videos: http://www.replant.ca/videos.html Camp Life: http://www.replant.ca/videos.html Books: http://www.replant.ca/books.html ...
by Scooter
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Mechanical Stuff
Topic: M-tronic (Auto Tune) modified saws
Replies: 10
Views: 425

Re: M-tronic (Auto Tune) modified saws

I've been using a Stihl 290 for about 6-8 hours per day for the past 14 or 15 days straight. I like it for the work I'm doing (cutting in the Maritimes right now, about 50% birch/maple and 50% spruce/fir), and most of the trees that I'm falling are no more than 10" DBH, with maybe one in fifty being...
by Scooter
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Taping Forearms to Prevent Tendonitis
Replies: 0
Views: 65

Taping Forearms to Prevent Tendonitis

From this afternoon's "Rumour Mill Roundup" newsletter, from the WFCA: Study Shows Forearm Taping Can Reduce Incidence of Common Planting Injury This spring, Okanagan College and Total Physiotherapy in Houston, BC, collaborated on a field research project studying preventative strategies for a form ...
by Scooter
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 4
Views: 375

2018 Public Bid Results

It will probably be a couple of weeks before any tenders close for public government planting work in BC, but in the meantime, this notice just came out in this afternoon's "Rumour Mill Roundup" newsletter from the WFCA: WFCA Annual Market & Business Summit set for Kamloops 28th September Each year ...
by Scooter
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: The Job Market: Seeking Jobs, Planters, or Rides
Topic: Residue
Replies: 12
Views: 285

Re: Residue

Perhaps some participants have been smoking residue.
by Scooter
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: GIS/Mapping Apps
Replies: 48
Views: 8338

Re: GIS/Mapping Apps

Ok, I finally got things figured out on how to work QGIS to create GeoReferenced images. The source data can include images from scanned documents (ie. I scanned a survey plan and managed to GR it), and imagery can also be imported from Google Earth, Google Maps, Bing Maps, 2gis, AutoNavi, ESRI, Geo...
by Scooter
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: The Job Market: Seeking Jobs, Planters, or Rides
Topic: Residue
Replies: 12
Views: 285

Re: Residue

Marlo, what company? Is it Torrent?
by Scooter
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Navrom
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Re: Navrom

Any relation to this company?
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=64626

Do a search for Mihis and you'll find a bunch of references in the public bid result threads. I wonder if it's the same company, or if the similarity is spelling is just a coincidence.
by Scooter
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: BC Wildfires
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Re: BC Wildfires

From today's WFCA Rumour Mill Roundup newsletter: This Year’s B.C. Fire Season by Some Selected Numbers The big number, of course, is the area burned which stands at over 1 million hectares and growing. Approximately 145 fires were active this week totaling over 1154 so far this year. This week saw ...
by Scooter
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Bivouac West?
Replies: 15
Views: 2473

Re: Bivouac West?

Hm.
by Scooter
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Bivouac West?
Replies: 15
Views: 2473

Re: Bivouac West?

Let me rephrase. They don't have very many people scheduled for the fall plant, period. Unless they have other work that I'm not aware of yet, they only have WFP Port Hardy on the north island (but staying in Alice). It's the same job that they've had for the past 29 years. I've worked there for the...
by Scooter
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Bivouac West?
Replies: 15
Views: 2473

Re: Bivouac West?

The new Timberline swept up most of the private work on the north island.
That's odd. They don't have very many people working right now.
by Scooter
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Bivouac West?
Replies: 15
Views: 2473

Re: Bivouac West?

I heard that. Kudos to Roland for being unwilling to dive into the bottom of the cesspool.
There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of fall work overall this year.
by Scooter
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Canadian Lightning Statistics
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Canadian Lightning Statistics

Dudes standing on a cut block waving a metal shovel over their head during a lightning storm ...
by Scooter
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: BC Wildfires
Replies: 2
Views: 121

BC Wildfires

The various fires around Quesnel and Williams Lake are now combining to become a 400,000+ Ha fire. To put that into perspective, that number is larger than the total of all province-wide wildfires combined in every one of the past ten years. On average, about 154,000 Ha burns each year in BC, provin...
by Scooter
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Canadian Lightning Statistics
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Canadian Lightning Statistics

I have no idea why I'm wasting my time looking at lightning statistics, but I just saw a thunderstorm safety slogan that led me down this rabbit-hole: "When thunder roars, stay indoors." I found a good link: https://www.ec.gc.ca/foudre-lightning/default.asp?lang=En&n=5D5FB4F8-1 It appears that the h...
by Scooter
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Cranky Bear
Replies: 0
Views: 56

Cranky Bear

This is why you don't sneak up on a bear:

http://i.imgur.com/LPl4vZf.gifv
by Scooter
Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Nootka Sounds Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 64

Nootka Sounds Festival

For anyone who will be on Vancouver Island in two weeks, this festival in Tahsis might be of interest:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1865088940415716/

It's being organized by a group of planters, August 25-27th.
by Scooter
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Planting in New Zealand
Replies: 4
Views: 892

Re: Planting in New Zealand

I received the following message via email this week: I run an overseas experience company based out of New Zealand. Traditionally we bring kiwi’s to Canada to work in the outdoors but this year for the first time we are running the program in reverse, taking Canadians and providing them with a work...
by Scooter
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Canfor Contractor Safety Snapshot, July 11-22, 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 100

Canfor Contractor Safety Snapshot, July 11-22, 2017

Contractor incidents reported from July 11-22, 2017: Medical Treatment -1 · Morning of July 25th during crew pick up at staging, the crew was positioned at the front corner of the heli (correct position for pickup ) when the rotor wash caught an empty and it rolled toward the crew and since the were...
by Scooter
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Planter Fatalities, July 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 81

Planter Fatalities, July 2017

I just saw this, from the BC Forest Safety Council: http://www.bcforestsafe.org/node/2986 2017-07-04 - Two Planters in Separate Motor Vehicle Incidents Fatality Alert The BCFSC has received reports of two separate motor vehicle incidents that have resulted in fatal injuries to two tree planters. The...
by Scooter
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2017 Public Bid Results
Replies: 139
Views: 14654

Re: 2017 Public Bid Results

I wonder how the season is going at Celtic and Coast Range.

If your business mantra is to focus solely on growth, then you probably also think that cancer is a good thing.
by Scooter
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Spam Posts
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: Spam Posts

I've also just turned off user registration until mid-August. I don't have enough time right now to log in here more than once every three or four days, so I can't monitor problems closely enough.
by Scooter
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Catchy Safety Slogans
Replies: 7
Views: 930

Re: Catchy Safety Slogans

"Safety starts with the person you see in the mirror."

I just saw this in a Canfor safety bulletin.
by Scooter
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2017 Public Bid Results
Replies: 139
Views: 14654

Re: 2017 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a contract for Planting in Quesnel Contract: PL18TLH005 Client: MOFLNRO Quesnel Number of Trees: 246,370 01. $ 98,766 - 40.1 cents/tree - AKD 02. $108,311 - 44.0 cents/tree - Seneca It looks like this contract may have used the BCTS Contractor Rating System, even though it w...
by Scooter
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Spam Posts
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Spam Posts

A few spam posts are getting through, because of the user-initiated registration process. This is happening because actual humans in countries such as Cambodia and India are circumventing the registration system, and then trying to make posts that seem legitimate ("I'm a real tree planter and chain ...
by Scooter
Tue May 30, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: $15 wage?
Replies: 9
Views: 524

Re: $15 wage?

We're already looking at this (the first part). Too busy to discuss in depth at this point in the season, but Alberta's minimum wage is going to be that rate in two years and we're already planning for $200/day minimums. Mind you, I heard today of one large BC company operating out of Prince George ...
by Scooter
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: What's the advantage to a shorter bar?
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: What's the advantage to a shorter bar?

Do you mean that the Canadian shovel is much shorter? I'm not sure what a "bar" refers to.
by Scooter
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: The Job Market: Seeking Jobs, Planters, or Rides
Topic: looking for work, june july, BC
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: looking for work, june july, BC

Here's a very brief overview of the sort of things that exist:
http://www.silviculturecanada.ca/silviculture.html

Certification & training requirements vary from province to province and company to company.
by Scooter
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: The Job Market: Seeking Jobs, Planters, or Rides
Topic: looking for work, june july, BC
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: looking for work, june july, BC

You probably won't find a lot of options. Between June 20th and July 1st, there are a number of companies that run out of work, and some of the planters from those companies flood the market, trying to get jobs at other companies with July trees. As a result of this supply/demand imbalance, the pric...
by Scooter
Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: These Boots Were Made For Walkin'
Topic: 300 pairs of boots.
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: 300 pairs of boots.

If only I was in Truro right now.
by Scooter
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: BCTS vs FFT vs MOFL
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Re: BCTS vs FFT vs MOFL

Yes, that's a good rough explanation. Not perfect, because all three agencies/programs sometimes work outside of their regular patterns, but that's a simple and correct way of looking at it about 97% of the time.
by Scooter
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: BCTS vs FFT vs MOFL
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Re: BCTS vs FFT vs MOFL

Read the first two sections (Overview & Administration) on this page: http://www.replant.ca/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=66639 It's only about 4 minutes of reading, but it will give you a very basic overview of what they do. The MOF (or MOFL) changed its name a couple years ago, so the acronym is now...
by Scooter
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Hunting and Fishing in a Treeplanters Camp
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Hunting and Fishing in a Treeplanters Camp

So this year and during my season with Folklore, Whose camp are you in, out of curiosity? I know that Folklore has certain employment policies, such as complying with provincial laws, and not having firearms in camps. I think that your camp supervisor would be happy to talk to you about options. I ...
by Scooter
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Rookies, do you have any questions?
Replies: 25
Views: 1279

Re: Rookies, do you have any questions?

Thanks Ross. Interior BC: Typical start dates range from the last week of April (in mid-southern areas) to usually in the May 1st-10th range, depending on logistics, snow, company timelines in trying to line together multiple contracts, etc. Typical end dates range from June 20th (more common for ma...
by Scooter
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Rookies, do you have any questions?
Replies: 25
Views: 1279

Re: Rookies, do you have any questions?

Tell your supervisor that if he/she invests a couple hundred dollars in proper tools, his/her planters will have better tools to plant with. The planters will then plant more trees, and he/she will make enough in extra commission to cover the cost of the tools. All that is needed is a hacksaw ($30),...
by Scooter
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Trees advantage wellbeing
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: Trees advantage wellbeing

Maybe he's in an English-learning class, and this is one of his assignments.
by Scooter
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2017 Public Bid Results
Replies: 139
Views: 14654

Re: 2017 Public Bid Results

A few more late results for the Dawson Creek area. No surprises here ... going to the usual suspects. Here are the results for a pair of contracts for Planting in the Peace-Liard region Contract: PL18TDF001 Client: BCTS Peace-Liard # of Trees: 1,979,894 Season: Summer 2017 01. $ 623,518 - 24.2 cents...
by Scooter
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Trees advantage wellbeing
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: Trees advantage wellbeing

Alright, these spambots are getting annoying. I just changed his password and I'm about to ban his entire IP range. I also changed the URL text from the "essay writing services" and changed the re-direct link to go to the main page of Replant, so nobody gets sucked in. I was going to just delete it,...
by Scooter
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Naloxone or Narcan (brand name), and Fentanyl
Replies: 20
Views: 1473

Re: Naloxone or Narcan (brand name), and Fentanyl

From this week's WFCA Rumour Mill Roundup newsletter: Primer on the BC Opioid Crisis and What to do Available to Employers As we have gone to some efforts to make clear in recent media interviews regarding the WFCA warning its members about fentanyl, the forestry sector does not have a rampant probl...
by Scooter
Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Any idea for how a 37 year old can get a visa to plant in Canada?
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: Any idea for how a 37 year old can get a visa to plant in Canada?

Did you look into the Working Holiday Visa? That might be age-limited, but if not, it doesn't require a company to sponsor you.
No companies want to "sponsor" a worker, because of the paperwork, and the potential for liability for worker benefits, etc.
by Scooter
Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: The Job Market: Seeking Jobs, Planters, or Rides
Topic: Positions at Folklore - Experienced or Inexperienced
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Positions at Folklore - Experienced or Inexperienced

Assume that the most recent information is the most accurate. I usually try to put dates on things in case people are confused about which information is most recent, and therefore most likely to be accurate. It's also important because some peoples' browser settings will cause a document to be cach...
by Scooter
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: The Job Market: Seeking Jobs, Planters, or Rides
Topic: Positions at Folklore - Experienced or Inexperienced
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Positions at Folklore - Experienced or Inexperienced

A couple of our camps are looking for people again, since we just got offered a ton of extra trees:

http://www.replant.ca/jobs2017_scooter.pdf
by Scooter
Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Blood Meal
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Re: Blood Meal

Is it called "Plantskydd" where you're working?
by Scooter
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Grizzly attack
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Grizzly attack

Here's a follow-up article with more information:

http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/campb ... -1.3337993
by Scooter
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Spring Coast 2017 - Or Not?
Replies: 16
Views: 591

Re: Spring Coast 2017 - Or Not?

This was taken the other day at just 15m elevation: https://www.instagram.com/p/BR3Ma9PBmlV/?taken-by=replant.ca The worst thing is that most of the weather forecasts, if you look on The Weather Network or Environment Canada, are for the towns. And the towns are basically all at sea level. So even i...
by Scooter
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: Spring Coast 2017 - Or Not?
Replies: 16
Views: 591

Re: Spring Coast 2017 - Or Not?

Ok, so "rosy" may have been slightly inaccurate.
At least none of us were day-drinking by the time the weather cleared up enough to go out and salvage a part day.
by Scooter
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Planting in Ontario/Quebec
Topic: List of Ontario Planting Companies
Replies: 0
Views: 120

List of Ontario Planting Companies

Here's a list of tree planting companies in Ontario:

www.replant.ca/Ontario_Tree_Planting_Companies.pdf

Please let me know if you know of any other companies that should be added to this list! You can email me at: jonathan.scooter.clark@gmail.com