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Need contact info for an Ontario company

Post by Sarah » Mon Aug 02, 2004 9:12 pm

Hi! I'm trying to track someone down and have been told that they may be working for an Ontario company called HEI. Anyone know what that stands for or if the company has a website?

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Do you know this company?

Post by Trout » Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:45 am

I'm planting with HRI (aka Heritage) Reforestation in Ontario this year. Can anyone tell me anything about them? Can't seem to find much on them, outside their own website.

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Should I plant for A&Y in NFLD or Heritage in Ontario

Post by acoupleofrookies » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:08 pm

Should I plant for A&Y in NFLD or Heritage in Ontario?

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Re: Should I plant for A&Y in NFLD or Heritage in Ontario

Post by Scooter » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:10 pm

Interesting comparison. Don't be discouraged if you don't get any answers. I haven't even heard of A&Y before, and I suspect that there probably are very few, if any, Canadian planters who have planted for both of the companies that you mention.

I presume, however, that you're probably from Newfoundland if you're asking this question. Planting for A&Y would be a lot closer to home, if that was the case, so your investment in the job might be a lot less (no significant travel expenses?). A&Y might be a good way to get your feet wet in the industry, and then if you find that you like it after this summer, you could explore options in other parts of Canada.

This is just my thoughts in general. I have no experience planting in either province, so this is just gut feelings based on what I've heard over the years.

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Re: Should I plant for A&Y in NFLD or Heritage in Ontario

Post by barnbill » Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:16 pm

just an observation.............never planted in Newfoundland but they don't call it the rock for nothing....high unemployment 14% in March 2009......ontario would probably be better///////don't know fer sure just a hunch....travelling to Ontario is only a day trip if you catch the first ferry ....day and a half at the most ..... you should know that scootr

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Re: Should I plant for A&Y in NFLD or Heritage in Ontario

Post by Scooter » Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:04 am

Well, yes, the travel time is insignificant, but I was thinking more about the fact that in Newfoundland, I'm wondering if maybe they plant from "home," not "close to home." I know that around the Maritimes here, most people can get jobs in their hometowns so they aren't travelling at all, or paying camp costs or anything. The van picks them up at 4am and they just drive out to the blocks, then come back to their own houses in the late afternoon. So in that sense, it would be a lot cheaper than even planting from a town a couple hours away.

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Re: Should I plant for A&Y in NFLD or Heritage in Ontario

Post by Trout » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:10 pm

Gonna be a troll and ask again, no one's heard anything about Heritage?

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Re: Should I plant for A&Y in NFLD or Heritage in Ontario

Post by Scooter » Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:11 pm

Ok, I did a little bit of research. I was in contact with one of the owners of A&Y, a guy named Peter Yates, who was able to give me a bit of info about their company.

A&Y (Anderson & Yates) Forestry Consulting does various consulting activities, as their name suggests, but a large part of their work consists specifically of silviculture contracting. Although they have quite a bit of forestry experience, this is only their second year of running tree planting operations. Last year they planted about one million trees and this year they have contracts for two million. They had eighteen planters last year, and allegedly, at the moment, twelve of them intend to return. They plant for around 10-12 weeks in the summer, working on weekdays and taking the weekends off, and as I had assumed, they work out of towns instead of setting up bush camps. They provide the rides to and from the blocks, and unlike most planting companies in Western Canada, they provide the planting equipment and hardhats (I forgot to ask if hardhats were mandatory on all jobs).

A&Y is hectare-based planting, and they say that when the wages are converted to per-tree prices, they are very similar to Ontario prices (Peter has five years of experience as a planter and foreman in Ontario). Another thing that I found interesting is that they have a 2 week training period with guaranteed wages at $14/hr for rookies. They also guarantee these wages for vets for the first week, until they get back in shape. They pay bi-weekly. On a typical day, they leave town 6:30 am (quite a bit later than NB/NS) and plant for 8 hours (same as NB/NS).

If anyone wants to know more, I have Peter's email address now, and I could ask him to contact some of his planters to provide more feedback. I kind of wish that they planted in August (they might next year) because I'm usually done work at the start of August, and it would be interesting to do a week of vacation on The Rock and maybe go see their operations first-hand.

Someone else can do the research on Heritage. Surely there are lots of Ontario planters out there who can find out about that company fairly quickly.

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Re: Should I plant for A&Y in NFLD or Heritage in Ontario

Post by Gualbert » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:10 pm

I've planted with two planters who went through Heritage as rookies and second year vets. Its a smallish company (15-20 planters I think) that works in the Ottawa Valley- even get to plant some oak. I don't know much else but I sure that they have standard On prices- between 8 or 9 cents. They have days off in Renfrew sometimes so that would be very different then Northern On planting or probably NFLD planting as your less isolated. I don't know what your situation is but you'll probably make about the same amount with either. Personally if I had to choose between the two- it would be A&Y but it's pretty much a toss-up.

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Heritage Reforestation Inc

Post by greenfloyd » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:14 pm

Hi guys, new here and hoping to go planting for the first time this year.
I applied to this small company called Heritage Reforestation Inc (Ont) back in mid January. I really want to go with this one because they have pick-up areas pretty close to where I live so I won't have to worry about having to take a bus or plane to get there since it's my first time.

Anyways I checked out their website again and it's gone! It's been gone for about a week since I checked it. After some reading through some of the threads on this forum I learned that a lot of companies lose work from all the mills closing down ,right? Did HRI go down under?

Though when I sent in the application it said 2010 season on it, just wondering.

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Post by Scooter » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:28 pm

What was their website address?

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Post by greenfloyd » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:37 pm

Yea that's what I get too. They actually had stuff for the 2010 planting when I applied in mid january, do you think it can be site maintance?

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Post by Scooter » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:54 pm

Couple possibilities:
- Their server account could have expired and they aren't very internet-savvy. That's surprising common, so maybe their website will reappear in a few months.
- They said that they had 2010 work, as most companies would claim to have, but turned out not to get any.

I'd try calling and see what happens there.

Additional comments about HRI in this thread:
http://www.replant.ca/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=64622

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc

Post by The Rev » Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:28 pm

thought they had trees with Ottawa Valley Forest SFL in 2010 ... not sure what else they secured.

I think they did work in Sioux Lookout (and maybe Atikokin as well, west of tbay) in 2009

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Post by steel8909 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:19 pm

The Rev wrote:thought they had trees with Ottawa Valley Forest SFL in 2010 ... not sure what else they secured.

I think they did work in Sioux Lookout (and maybe Atikokin as well, west of tbay) in 2009

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They called me today, they weren't too sure about the contract details yet but they told me Ottawa Valley. We did that for a few weeks last year, 8.5 cent a tree but the freaking pods were so big and heavy, you can only carry a box of 270 at a time. Not sure if I'm down for that again.

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Post by kenax » Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:07 pm

With the permission of Scooter I just copied updated information from this thread to the Treeplanter’s Database found at http://hardcoretreeplanters.com/ to make it easier to view comments by treeplanters and compare treeplanting companies against one another, in the hopes that they will treat and pay their planters better.

Someone left a lengthy comment concerning this company in this dbase.
Check out my tree planting website http://hardcoretreeplanters.com/ where I wrote down all my tips how to plant fast and all the other tips I accumulated after 7 years of planting.

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Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by olerthemoler » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:30 pm

Hey, has anyone planted for HRI in Ontario before? and how did you find your experience with them?

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by East » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:05 am

Planted with them in 2012. Legit company, good people.

Anything in particular that you want to know about them?

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by Faucher86 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:21 am

I'm heading out for my first planting in Early May with HRI, my crew boss is very involved in making sure I'm well prepared for my first year as a tree planter. We will be planting in southern, and northern Ontario, then in Alberta. We will be traveling as a camp to Alberta, so travel cost to Alberta will be paid. I have searched the internet for reviews on the company, and I haven't seen any bad reviews which is a good sign I think. I will certainly post more information after the season is complete.

Cheers,

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by Chocolatej » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:26 am

I've never planted for them but came across this while browsing their website: http://www.heritageinc.ca/scripts/get_i ... height=450

Does anything jump out?

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Post by steel8909 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:33 pm

Chocolatej wrote:I've never planted for them but came across this while browsing their website: http://www.heritageinc.ca/scripts/get_i ... height=450

Does anything jump out?
I worked with them a few years back. It was pretty normal for crewbosses to pile on a few planters onto an quad. I actually have a video of my crewbosse speeding down a logging road on a 1 seat quad with me and two other planters. The camera man falls off at the end (though he was coming to a stop by then). Might also have another vid of the same boss going 150kmh with a van full of planters.

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by Greg M. » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:19 am

Faucher86 wrote:I'm heading out for my first planting in Early May with HRI, my crew boss is very involved in making sure I'm well prepared for my first year as a tree planter. We will be planting in southern, and northern Ontario, then in Alberta. We will be traveling as a camp to Alberta, so travel cost to Alberta will be paid. I have searched the internet for reviews on the company, and I haven't seen any bad reviews which is a good sign I think. I will certainly post more information after the season is complete.

Cheers,
Alberta? Has HRI been working in AB for a while now? Where abouts do they set up shop?

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

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steel8909 wrote:
Chocolatej wrote:I've never planted for them but came across this while browsing their website: http://www.heritageinc.ca/scripts/get_i ... height=450

Does anything jump out?
I worked with them a few years back. It was pretty normal for crewbosses to pile on a few planters onto an quad. I actually have a video of my crewbosse speeding down a logging road on a 1 seat quad with me and two other planters. The camera man falls off at the end (though he was coming to a stop by then). Might also have another vid of the same boss going 150kmh with a van full of planters.
150km/h in a van with planters? That retard probably goes to jail for a while if he crashes.

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by East » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:03 am

Greg M. wrote:
Faucher86 wrote:I'm heading out for my first planting in Early May with HRI, my crew boss is very involved in making sure I'm well prepared for my first year as a tree planter. We will be planting in southern, and northern Ontario, then in Alberta. We will be traveling as a camp to Alberta, so travel cost to Alberta will be paid. I have searched the internet for reviews on the company, and I haven't seen any bad reviews which is a good sign I think. I will certainly post more information after the season is complete.

Cheers,
Alberta? Has HRI been working in AB for a while now? Where abouts do they set up shop?
I may be wrong but I think this will be their first year working in Alberta.

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

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steel8909 wrote:
Chocolatej wrote:I've never planted for them but came across this while browsing their website: http://www.heritageinc.ca/scripts/get_i ... height=450

Does anything jump out?
I worked with them a few years back. It was pretty normal for crewbosses to pile on a few planters onto an quad. I actually have a video of my crewbosse speeding down a logging road on a 1 seat quad with me and two other planters. The camera man falls off at the end (though he was coming to a stop by then). Might also have another vid of the same boss going 150kmh with a van full of planters.
Having planters sit on quads isn't great. But these are thinners on quad trailers with brush-saws with no blade guards or face protection anywhere. What's worse is that this is blatantly being showed on the company website.

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by Faucher86 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:50 am

East wrote:
Greg M. wrote:
Faucher86 wrote:I'm heading out for my first planting in Early May with HRI, my crew boss is very involved in making sure I'm well prepared for my first year as a tree planter. We will be planting in southern, and northern Ontario, then in Alberta. We will be traveling as a camp to Alberta, so travel cost to Alberta will be paid. I have searched the internet for reviews on the company, and I haven't seen any bad reviews which is a good sign I think. I will certainly post more information after the season is complete.

Cheers,
Alberta? Has HRI been working in AB for a while now? Where abouts do they set up shop?
I may be wrong but I think this will be their first year working in Alberta.
That's right it is the first year in Alberta, as I understand from my crew boss. We are traveling there with the camp, it's going to be one hell of a ride. Especially, if we're going to be in a school bus. Will see when the time comes.

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by steel8909 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:48 pm

Where will you guys be driving from? When I worked with them we moved from Algonquin area to Sioux Lookout, not fun! Can't imagine going all the way to Alberta lol

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Post by Faucher86 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:09 am

steel8909 wrote:Where will you guys be driving from? When I worked with them we moved from Algonquin area to Sioux Lookout, not fun! Can't imagine going all the way to Alberta lol
That's the plan! It's going to be something I'll have to write about lol.

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by rosie15 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:47 am

I worked for HRI for a couple years, they're a pretty good company.

By the sounds of it you're in Dave's camp if you're heading to Alberta, he's got his shit together and he's a good guy to work under. All the crew bosses for that camp are good too, not sure who yours is but they're all good people and the majority have experience. It's a great company for rookies, you'll have lots of fun on nights off and the cooks have always been amazing.

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc in Ontario

Post by broke-ho » Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:44 pm

What are they paying you when you get there?

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc

Post by mossie » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:27 pm

Does anyone have any other experience with these guys? Looks like they've cleaned up their website but it's still pretty sparse. I've got an upcoming interview with them, but most of the info in here is pretty outdated with a wide spread between "they didn't pay me!" from 2009 to "I worked for them for a few years and they were good" in 2013. I'm sure things have changed one way or the other in 4 years, and I'm a rookie so any and all info would be really appreciated! Thanks in advance :)

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Post by Steorra » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:16 pm

Not the top of the tower compared to most Ontario companies, especially price wise. But if you don't have any offers from anywhere else take it and try your hardest push through, then you have experience and have a better chance to get in with a better company next year (first year of planting has always been seen as an investment) or maybe you'll like it and want to stay with your friends and go back again next year. But id suggest you and your friends find a better company that pays better, last year they had a crew of 30 with like 3 vets on it and two left two days in. (ive never worked for them mind you just know a couple people who have, some of them only for two days tho haha).

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc

Post by The Rev » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:57 am

Curious to know planting locations and rates of pay ...

Also - do they pay in full every 2 weeks OR the old school "after the contract is over"

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Post by EarlGrey » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:32 pm

Also curious to know people's experiences with Heritage, especially if they pay on time now. Thanks!

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Post by mossie » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:09 am

Thanks for the info Steorra. I ended up getting really lucky and had a well-timed offer from a different company working in BC and AB with a pretty good rep, and took that instead.

The Rev & EarlGrey - One of the major reasons that I didn't go with HRI was that they currently pay at the end of the contract, but are trying to transition to every 2 weeks for this season. I really wasn't willing to bank on "trying to", though if I hadn't had the second offer I probably would have gone for it, especially as a rookie.

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Post by Scooter » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:27 am

I hope they manage to convert to paying in full every two weeks. Just about every company outside of Ontario does it, and even a couple companies in Ontario. It would be a big selling point for them in terms of recruiting if they figured it out.

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Re: Heritage Reforestation Inc

Post by The Rev » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:45 pm

By stretching out the pay period you lower $$$ amount of minimum wage top up you are required to pay out...

Think a 2 WEEK pay period VS 2 month pay period

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