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by Scooter
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: The Daily Slammer, Montreal, March 14-18
Replies: 0
Views: 16

The Daily Slammer, Montreal, March 14-18

Here's a link for a planting-related event in Montreal in mid-March:

https://www.facebook.com/events/155848178468356/
by Scooter
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a contract for Planting in Vernon Contract: PL19DOS001 Client: MOF Vernon # of Trees: 156,400 Season: Spring 2018 Contractor Rating System: N/A Left on the Table: 9.3% This was from the fall, and the posting of the results was overlooked earlier. Seneca was disqualified due ...
by Scooter
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a contract for Planting in Quesnel Contract: PL19DQU001 Client: MOF Quesnel # of Trees: Season: Spring 2018 Contractor Rating System: N/A Left on the Table: 14.1% This contract was a "private opening." I'm not exactly sure what that means, since it is government work, which ...
by Scooter
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Brinkman and Associates
Replies: 132
Views: 16000

Re: Brinkman and Associates

It's probably the Millar Western work. Folklore also does that contract. The blocks range from 800 to 2000 stems. I'd guess that it's usually 800-1200 for roads or burns, usually 7's or sometimes 6's for raw, trenches usually 9's or 10's. But it always varies, so we have to check the specs every sin...
by Scooter
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: 3-1 Shifts
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: 3-1 Shifts

All of the Folklore camps do 3&1's for the first four shifts, then switch to 4&1's once everyone is in decent physical condition for planting harder. Mine may be the only one that sometimes moves back to 3&1's later in the season, depending on a number of different factors (deadlines, daily producti...
by Scooter
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: The Job Market: Seeking Jobs, Planters, or Rides
Topic: Planting Positions, Scooter's Camp
Replies: 2
Views: 293

Re: Planting Positions, Scooter's Camp

I just updated all of the above information.
by Scooter
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Brinkman and Associates
Replies: 132
Views: 16000

Re: Brinkman and Associates

I would definitely recommend the western Canadian work.
by Scooter
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Summary of "changes" to previous results Most of the contracts included here have gone to the lowest bidders, as listed. However, so far, I'm aware of three contracts where the lowest bidder is not doing the work. Here they are: 1. BCTS Port McNeill (PL18THD219) - Lowest bidder was Integrity (Jake)...
by Scooter
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a contract for Planting in Terrace Contract: PL19TII102 Client: BCTS Terrace # of Trees: 143,742 Season: Spring 2018 Contractor Rating System: No Left on the Table: 20.9% High prices on this one. Remote access, with lots of logistical issues to consider. This may be the last...
by Scooter
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Eye protection - antifog and antiscratch
Replies: 3
Views: 73

Re: Eye protection - antifog and antiscratch

One of my best friends has a glass eye. While it is a great party trick and the subject of many pirate jokes, it is absolutely a negative impact on his life. Surprisingly, they were only about $30 through Ebay. That's it for a glass eye? I should buy a couple. Seriously though, I've had scratched c...
by Scooter
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

It would be possible to structure contracts so the lowest bid is not necessarily the one that is accepted. And the results could then still be released publicly, even though lowest bid is not the guaranteed winner. I would argue that it is possible for a system that doesn't focus solely on price to ...
by Scooter
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results of a contract for Planting in Vernon Contract: PL19DOS001 Client: MOF Vernon Season: Spring 2018 # of Trees: 156,400 Contractor Rating System: Not applicable Left on the Table: Unknown I don't have full details on this, as it was a private opening. Again, I'm not sure why the go...
by Scooter
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

You're right, Mike, thanks. Here are the results for a contract for Planting in Terrace Contract: PL19TII106 Client: BCTS Terrace # of Trees: 101,812 Season: Spring 2018 Contractor Rating System: No Left on the Table: 30.7% This contract includes purple straws for all the trees, and 13.46 Ha of Brus...
by Scooter
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a contract for Planting in 100 Mile House Contract: PL19TEG001 Client: BCTS 100 Mile House Season: Spring 2018 # of Trees: 3,445,558 Contractor Rating System: No Left on the Table: 8.8% This is the last major government contract (that I'm aware of) to be awarded for Central ...
by Scooter
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Rhino Reforestation
Replies: 49
Views: 9475

Re: Rhino Reforestation

There's an interesting discussion on KKRF, which started out as an argument about Rhino, but more importantly touches on a number of general British Columbia Employment Standards issues:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/5890968 ... 489682261/
by Scooter
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a contract for Planting on the Sunshine Coast Contract: PL18TBP003 Client: BCTS Sunshine Coast Season: Spring 2018 # of Trees: 349,100 Contractor Rating System: Yes Left on the Table: 5.0% This contract has a lot of 512's. However, the job is quite easy from a logistical poi...
by Scooter
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a contract for Planting in Haida Gwaii Contract: PL19TBJ002 Client: BCTS Haida Gwaii Season: Spring 2018 # of Trees: 183,744 Contractor Rating System: No Left on the Table: 5.4% The tree prices on this mean almost nothing with respect to the trees, simply because the bid als...
by Scooter
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a contract for Planting in Chilliwack Contract: PL19TBB001 Client: BCTS Chilliwack Season: Spring 2018 # of Trees: 510,000 Contractor Rating System: n/a Left on the Table: 5.5% The high prices on this contract are deceiving. These prices include a requirement by the contract...
by Scooter
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Companies in the Silviculture Industry
Topic: Heritage Reforestation Inc
Replies: 44
Views: 3822

Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc

This is risky. We've seen a few cases over the past ten years or so where employers would hold money until the end of the season, but suddenly went bankrupt, and planters weren't paid. Ontario needs to bring in some regulations to address this. Or maybe they already have regulations and the companie...
by Scooter
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: low bids and the race to the bottom.
Replies: 13
Views: 905

Re: low bids and the race to the bottom.

To be fair, some of the rookie mills have improved their operations tremendously over the past five years or so. But there are still some terrible companies out there too. I also wonder about what will happen to the overall labour market in the next few years. The rookie mills are getting better at ...
by Scooter
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Veteran looking for fly-in/isolation camp opportunity
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Veteran looking for fly-in/isolation camp opportunity

Yes, any of my friends who have worked for Northern have had very positive experiences.
by Scooter
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: How Will BC Reforest After Wildfires?
Replies: 0
Views: 91

How Will BC Reforest After Wildfires?

Here are some photos that I took this fall, showing wildfire damage in central BC:

http://jonathan-scooter-clark.blogspot. ... -2017.html
by Scooter
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: 3-1 Shifts
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: 3-1 Shifts

Thanks. Didn't know that.
by Scooter
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Naloxone or Narcan (brand name), and Fentanyl
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

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

Tom Petty's autopsy just released. Drug overdose, a mix of various painkillers, but fentanyl was present.
by Scooter
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: 3-1 Shifts
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: 3-1 Shifts

Brinkman and Apex in the north do 3&1's for certain. Well, Brinkman does that everywhere. Many if not most southern Interior companies do 3&1's if working out of motels, although some do a 5-on 2-off to have weekends off, or 4/3/3 then a weekend off, and this is even more frequently the case with th...
by Scooter
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Veteran looking for fly-in/isolation camp opportunity
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Veteran looking for fly-in/isolation camp opportunity

Your best bet is probably one of the companies that does remote camps at Tolko in High Level, Alberta. Blue Collar or Summit. There's almost no "remote" stuff in the Interior of BC. They need to get logs to the mills, so it's all road-based in the southern, central, and northern Interior. The only r...
by Scooter
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Mechanical Stuff
Topic: M-tronic (Auto Tune) modified saws
Replies: 14
Views: 734

Re: M-tronic (Auto Tune) modified saws

I've been doing a fair amount of cutting on my own woodlot in New Brunswick recently. Today was day 59 of this fall/winter. I was thinking about that issue (idling time) today because I was clearing lines instead of clearing a roadway, and I was cutting a lot of dense thin spruce that was probably a...
by Scooter
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Why are there camp fees?
Replies: 9
Views: 287

Re: Why are there camp fees?

Yeah, it's hard to say what would really happen. It's also possible that if camp costs were free, more planters would move away from contractors that do motel jobs, to move to companies with camp jobs. For instance, if you know that going to a company working out of motels will cost you about $45 pe...
by Scooter
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Why are there camp fees?
Replies: 9
Views: 287

Re: Why are there camp fees?

If workers simply stood up and demanded total compliance to EXISTING pay regulations, things would already be better. I wish that I could think of some way to make this my legacy to the industry. Instead, all I can do is claim partial responsibility for 104 million trees. I'd also comment that when...
by Scooter
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Why are there camp fees?
Replies: 9
Views: 287

Re: Why are there camp fees?

Here's a lengthy thread about the pros and cons of camp costs:

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=66630
by Scooter
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: WFCA Conference Schedule
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: WFCA Conference Schedule

Good additional detail. I was in a rush earlier when posting this.
by Scooter
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: WFCA Conference Schedule
Replies: 2
Views: 135

WFCA Conference Schedule

Here's the initial WFCA conference schedule, attached as a PDF.

Interesting topics being covered include:
- Discussions about the Softwood Lumber Dispute
- Drones
- Increasing the Effectiveness of Enforcing Employment Standards
- The impact of Pot legalization
by Scooter
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: BC Forest Safety Council - Fatality Alerts
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: BC Forest Safety Council - Fatality Alerts

http://www.bcforestsafe.org/files/BCFSC-FatalityAlert-2017-12-29.pdf Fatality Alert On December 29th, near Fort St. James, a loaded log truck struck an empty, stationary log truck that had lost traction on a hill. After the collision the loaded truck left the road and the load of logs moved forward ...
by Scooter
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Questions about logging companies & importance of tree planting
Replies: 16
Views: 445

Re: Questions about logging companies & importance of tree planting

Site prep helps, but I saw some pretty brutal survival out there this summer in prepped blocks, so even creamy trenches can be wasted by poor planting. Do you think this is poor planting quality, or a reflection upon site conditions? I've seen places where a forester wanted trees planted in the abs...
by Scooter
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Questions about logging companies & importance of tree planting
Replies: 16
Views: 445

Re: Questions about logging companies & importance of tree planting

This is an interesting comment, one worth exploring. Smaller companies don't always mean more experienced planters. What metric are you using? 1. Absolute number of experienced employees: A larger company, even a rookie mill, will almost always come out on top. This is definitely not a good point of...
by Scooter
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Questions about logging companies & importance of tree planting
Replies: 16
Views: 445

Re: Questions about logging companies & importance of tree planting

I'd like to know if the FTG requirements will be changed, because a lot of late-stage plantations (and I'm talking about tens of thousands of hectares) presumably have absolutely zero chance of meeting requirements now. How many hectares burned this summer? Over a million? And how many years does it...
by Scooter
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Questions & Answers about Tree Planting
Topic: Questions about logging companies & importance of tree planting
Replies: 16
Views: 445

Re: Questions about logging companies & importance of tree planting

I'm also wondering, whats the lowest youve heard of someone being paid per tree?
What time frame are you curious about? I was paid as low as 8 cents per tree for faster ground with several BC companies in the 1990's and early 2000's.
by Scooter
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Around The Campfire
Topic: low bids and the race to the bottom.
Replies: 13
Views: 905

Re: low bids and the race to the bottom.

The buy-in happened around mid-October. I'm not sure what the percentage was, or if it was the whole company.
by Scooter
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: The Job Market: Seeking Jobs, Planters, or Rides
Topic: Planting Positions, Scooter's Camp
Replies: 2
Views: 293

Planting Positions, Scooter's Camp

Jobs Opportunities for 2018 Season, Scooter’s Camp Information Updated: February 12th, 2018 I'm currently in the process of hiring tree planters for my own camp's upcoming 2018 spring and summer season at Folklore Contracting, for work in British Columbia and Alberta. As of yesterday (February 11th...
by Scooter
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

I believe they were almost entirely blocks that had been planted within the past five or six years, then burned in this summer's fires. So I'm guessing that they took trees allocated to fresher blocks, and moved them to burned blocks, to try to get a head start on the backlog. That would give them a...
by Scooter
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Definitely. Although some of that is already happening. A few of the BCTS contracts were predominantly fresh burns.
by Scooter
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:00 am
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Someone gave me a few numbers for comparison purposes, in terms of total volumes: 2018 Interior: 52.486 million trees. This is an increase of 279k from last year. So essentially the same. This is BCTS work. This doesn't take multi-year contracts into account. However, in terms of MOF and FFT work, t...
by Scooter
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

'Cause I'm, too sexy for the block. Too sexy for the block. Yes Scooter really rocks. I'm a planter, you know that I am, When I do, a u-turn at the woodline. I'm a planter, you know that I can, And the trees, that I plant, are just ... so fine. (Or probably because something was left out of the pape...
by Scooter
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for the final contract for Planting in Quesnel Contract: PL19TLH006 Client: BCTS Quesnel # of Trees: 1,889,348 Season: Spring 2018 Contractor Rating System: Yes Left on the Table: 2.7% This is the last of the four BCTS Quesnel contracts, in the Batnuni area for the most part. No...
by Scooter
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: Taping Forearms to Prevent Tendonitis
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Taping Forearms to Prevent Tendonitis

I don't know much about the physiology of compression, so I just read this article: http://www.fleetfeethartford.com/sports-medicine/sports-medicine-corner/compression I'm not sure how accurate it is, but it seems that there is some medical basis for using compression as one extra way of minimizing ...
by Scooter
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here is yet another job for Planting in Quesnel Contract: PL19TLH005 Client: BCTS Quesnel # of Trees: 2,567,538 Season: Spring/Summer 2018 Contractor Rating System: Yes Left on the Table: 11.2% This one is interesting. Most of this is spring work (2,129,690 trees) with 437,848 summer. A lot of this ...
by Scooter
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for another contract for Planting in Quesnel Contract: PL19TLH004 Client: BCTS Quesnel # of Trees: 2,182,024 Season: Spring/Summer 2018 Contractor Rating System: Yes Left on the Table: 4.7% The breakdown on this contract is for 1,663,680 spring trees and 518,344 summer trees. Th...
by Scooter
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a contract for Browse Cone Removal on East Thurlow Island Contract: FH18TCB042 Client: BCTS Campbell River # of Cones: Approximately 15,000 Contractor Rating System: N/A This contract is for the removal of "approximately 15,000" cones on approximately 117 Ha, spread out over...
by Scooter
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Public Bid Results
Topic: 2018 Public Bid Results
Replies: 88
Views: 8230

Re: 2018 Public Bid Results

Here are the results for a job for Planting in Smithers Contract: PL19TAS102 Client: BCTS Smithers # of Trees: 1,101,480 Season: Spring 2018 Contractor Rating System: No Left on the Table: 10.4% I looked at this job, and it didn't look nice. Messy blocks, and some bad soupy access. The bids on this ...
by Scooter
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Health, Safety & Training Information
Topic: WorkSafe, & Liability of Companies/Supervisors
Replies: 1
Views: 107

WorkSafe, & Liability of Companies/Supervisors

Here's an article which is an excellent albeit grim reminder of the responsibility for companies and supervisors to ensure due diligence with the training of employees, and even more so, to be aware of the extra efforts required for the training of persons considered to be "young employees." It's al...