All set for year 2 in NW Ontario
Personal best - 4104
How many of you are good to tear your nails off while being eaten alive by bugs for 0.09$ a tree?
no joke, the mexicans will dust your ass in physical labor 10 times outta 10.
There was a separate mexican firecrew (I was with a private contractor) last season and they dug firelines twice as fast with a smaller crew than us.
I also remember when I was a kid, the blueberry farm cut the season short for the white kids and hired more mexicans in, they just brought the family since it was paid by the pound.
Naive were the rookies who asked "is it unreasonable to plant 3500 trees on my first day?"
The work itself is not 'fun' but satisfying if you're into pushing your limits.
The camp life is fantastic through and through. Party every saturday night, talent shows, drinking games, turning the mess tent into a rave cave. Plus none of the students had ever done anything /out/ related before so my talents got to shine
4yrs, ON, AB, BC. Best was 4500 planting in AB in nice sandy open ground. I loved it. I didn't tree delivery and foreman for a bit as well when guys got sick or had to leave. Best time of my life. This was back in 2000-2005. AB was the best long the Hinton/Jasper park boarder.
Its funny, I figured my back would be screaming during the contract. Turns out proper technique is to use your shovel to support your upper body weight when bending over. This plus the hip straps on the planting bag keeps your back relatively strain free.
Planted a season in Algonquin and north Ontario for HRI. Personal best was 3500. I miss the tent life. Made friends for life while planting we meet up once a year at least no matter where everyone is in the world.
Pic was last tree I ever planted.
Did it for a summer in Sask. 12cents a tree. Maybe pretty good cash. It was a good experience. Probably won't ever do it again though.
An interesting side note though, I found that many people who were tree planting complete a summer circuit of sorts. They start early in BC, then work their way east, jumping in on contracts that need help to finish on time. Then when the tree planting season ends, they can head back west and do cherry picking in BC. Cherry picking doesn't pay nearly as well, but it is a more relaxed vibe. Some even go to Australia now during the winter and plant there as well. So they are going almost all year, with a month or so break to travel and sight see.
It sounds like a pretty good life, and it is, but after you get older and your body slows down, your left with not much in career prospects, besides trying to get on as a crew boss with a tree planting company.
I'm pretty ignorant of Canadian work visas so I can't help much there.
According to the company I was with people living in Canada get priority. We had one guy on our crew who spoke very little english (he was Congolese so mostly french) and showed up thinking it was going to be an office job of some sort. So that priority net is pretty wide apparently
Did some research after I made that post, seems it shouldn't be too hard but I have to get a visa on my own. And the gear needed is bulky and there's lots of it, so I'd have to buy it in Canada. Thankfully I have a relative in Canada so I have somewhere to store the gear for future seasons.
I'm getting excited thinking about this, even if I can apply only in 2 and a half years time.
Brightened my day, the knowledge of such work existing.
Nah I wanna do this after bachelors. I'm studying fine art and masters programs are shit desu, in my country (Serbia) and even worse in Europe or US bunch of designers, illustrators, performance artists calling their cum and shit and effortless wankery art, fuck that.
How the hell do you plant that much?
Different technique than me?
I'm a proffesional forest worker and to be fair I don't have that much practice but I can plant 850 in 7 hours.
The old guys can do 1200 in that time and the best I've heard of can put 2500 in the ground in 10-12 hours.
Can you post a video of technique?
I've not got a video of my technique but the basic premise was 2-4 trees in my left hand, skreef, stick the shovel in the ground, push one of the trees into the hole along the back of the shovel while supporting your upper body on your shovel/right hand then pull out and give the ground a slight kick to close the hole. Make sure the plug's covered and the tree is vertical, move 6' and repeat. I started really moving when I stopped straightening my back and standing up straight between plants
Our trees came in bundles of 20 and most of us were carrying between 400-600 trees at a time. They were at most 5" tall. Our crew boss described his time in BC where planters would only plant a couple hundred trees due to the care they had to take. For us it was basically a slap dash.
What gets me though is that our highballer put in apx 155k trees in the same time period. He was a 4th year but goddamn 155000! (I think his PB was ~8000}
The small trees might account for some of it. Our plants are 8-12 inches and we carry about 200.
My technique goes like this: Lay out shovel flat in front (to get correct distance), make hole, plant, stomp ground and give the sapling a slight pull to make sure it's stuck in the ground. Repeat.
Because of the small forest area in Denmark we have to be careful with trees and distance to maximize production. We usually don't plant by piecework but rather by hourly wage.
But I might try not standing up between plants.
Didn't see any of what you pictured
We were using just a shovel