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Blue Collar Silviculture

Post by replant » Thu Feb 12, 2004 7:34 am

This thread is devoted to gossip and discussion for employees and stakeholders of Blue Collar Silviculture Ltd.

This company is believed to work predominantly in British Columbia.

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Post by daleks » Sun Apr 04, 2004 4:39 pm

blue collar is now part of the Coast Range Conglomerate
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Post by steve » Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:44 pm

blue collar is no longer with coast range

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Post by scotthor » Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:00 am

since when?

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Post by daleks » Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:31 pm

last year at least
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Post by scotthor » Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:54 pm

any other info?

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http://www.bluecollarsilviculture.ca/

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Re: Blue Collar Silviculture

Post by wookie » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:17 am

I've been hired buy these guys this year. Anyone worked there before who has feedback on them?

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Post by Mike » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:58 am

A friend of mine worked for them 2 or 3 years back and said they were good; she didn't have any real complaints. *Shrug* Can't promise that means anything.
All of my company reviews and experience (The Planting Company, Windfirm, ELF, Folklore, Dynamic, Timberline, Eric Boyd, Wagner, Little Smokey, Leader, plus my lists for summer work and coastal) can be found at the start of the Folklore review due to URL and character limits.

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Post by Seabass » Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:34 pm

Wookie, whose crew are you on?

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Post by steve » Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:51 pm

i worked for blue collar for years, they are a good company.

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Re: Blue Collar Silviculture

Post by Dogmusher » Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:45 am

Well anymore information ? organisation ? food ? money ?
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Post by Richianity » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:44 pm

Dogmusher wrote:Well anymore information ? organisation ? food ? money ?
Owner is incapable of making a decision to save his life. "Hurry up and wait", "Need to know basis" etc were all made with Blue Collar in mind. If you're capable of 'going with the flow' and are looking for summer camp for college kids, you'll have a good time though.

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Re: Blue Collar Silviculture

Post by ssm » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:16 pm

anyone else have any info about these guys?

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Re: Blue Collar Silviculture

Post by Gualbert » Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:39 pm

ssm wrote:anyone else have any info about these guys?
Well what specific info do you want? I think Richianity has a pretty accurate overall take of Blue Collar.
Richianity wrote:If you're capable of 'going with the flow' and are looking for summer camp for college kids, you'll have a good time though.
Personally I would say that they are an alright company to 'settle' for but they shouldn't be your first choice. For a big company they are not thaaaaaaaaaat bad. But that said they going to be pretty rough this year. They pretty much only have BCTS and FFT contracts this year. And since the season was pretty rough last year then its not going to get any better. They lie all the time too. Every single contract was made to seem really good and big money but they would always fall flat. These guys had a really good 2007 contract and they are are still milking that memory- any too-good-to-be-true stories that you hear about Blue Collar likely come from that year.

I guess you could do worst though....

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Re: Blue Collar Silviculture

Post by right_arm » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:42 am

Owner is incapable of making a decision to save his life. "Hurry up and wait", "Need to know basis" etc were all made with Blue Collar in mind. If you're capable of 'going with the flow' and are looking for summer camp for college kids, you'll have a good time though.
Haha some things sure haven't changed much. Albeit they have managed to acquire 1 good consistent contract in Alberta.

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Re: Blue Collar Silviculture

Post by sexyjroot » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:58 am

Bottom line: What Gualbert and Richianity wrote are very accurate, but if I were to add any details, I'd say that the Blue Collar experience is different depending on which camp you end up in.

I was in Etienne's camp once and I remember planting for a price that wasn't finalized until after completing the block and being told that they decided on a lower price (a whopping 3c lower for most!!) than they had previously estimated. The only thing that was concrete about that contract was the land, not the prices. Contracts were often sugarcoated and then fell flat (usually whatever this guy says is only half true.) I can't say that they were well organized either. Due to their norm of not setting up caches beforehand, the foremen often would not know what the block would look like until we were there only to find out that the access was terrible. The cooks Kerin and Hannah however had their shit together. They had their teamwork and recipes down to a T (seriously, they fed me better than my mom ever has), so more often than not, I'd feel better after a rainy day by the time dinner was over.

Kim is an absolute boss of a woman who tries (I say try because Blue Collar has many higher ups, boo!) to put the planters first and was far more honest when talking land and price. Having worked for them briefly and having friends who have worked for them I got the impression that the foreman in this camp were more professional, frank, and better organized. Planters generally had a more chill and relaxed vibe around here in contrast to the crazy frenchies in the other camp. Food was not as good in this camp (hard to compete with K&H), but James is as fine a specimen of a man as he is a cook.

All in all through its flaws, and I'll quote Gualbert on this, "they are an alright company to 'settle' for but they shouldn't be your first choice." My experience here wasn't great, but I've encountered problems far worse as I'm sure other planters have as well. Tree prices could be better, but I'd recommend Blue Collar to rookies if they're looking for delicious food and some intense dancing and partying. The people are hilarious there, S/O to the 24/7 drunk frenchie vets and both the camps are full of light hearted people. But if you're looking for some serious work and cash, I'd suggest you take your shovel somewhere else.

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