Tree Planting

As part of sustainable forestry we are responsible for ensuring the areas we harvest return to wooded cover in a timely manner. One means of ensuring good quality regeneration is through tree planting.

 

TREE PLANTING ON THE SUDBURY FOREST

Vermilion Forest Management plants about 1.5 million trees each year on the Sudbury Forest.  In descending order of frequency, species planted include jack pine, white pine, red pine, and white spruce.

Two planting ‘windows’ are available each season.  The first is from the first week of May to the middle of June, and the second is from the end of August to the middle of September.

VFM commonly hires two tree planting contractors every year, each with 20 to 50 tree planters on staff.  The Sudbury Forest is just one 2- to 4-week project area for these high-production, highly mobile contractors.  Those interested in tree planting may contact the contractors below.  The hiring process usually begins in January each year.

Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd.
www.brinkmanforest.com
samantha_mussells@brinkman.ca
office: 613-546-4061 (cell: 705-494-0952)

Outland Reforestation Ltd.
www.outland.ca
iancuddy@ntl.sympatico.ca
705-363-5124

Excerpt from the Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Recruitment package
By Samantha Mussells
It is important to understand what this unusual job entails before you commit. Successful candidates are well-informed about tree planting.  Ask friends who have tree planted or go online to learn more about it. If you want more information on treeplanting in general there are a number of excellent websites. Both http://www.tree-planter.com and http://www.replant.ca are good sites that will give you a balanced perspective on the silviculture industry in Canada.
Generally treeplanters are required to live in their own tent in a bush camp during the contract. They are also required to buy their own equipment and make their own way up to the planting location. It can cost an inexperienced planter $500-$1,000 to equip themselves for tree planting. As well, although inexperienced tree planters can make between $3,000 and $7,000 in their first season, they can make double that in their second year. For these reasons, it is recommended that you plant for more than one season. Workdays are typically 10 hours and pay is piecework - generally 8-12 cents per tree.  Planting goes on through all types of foul weather.
The main planting season in Ontario runs from May 1st until July 1st.  Some planters can return for summer contracts in mid-August.  Additional opportunities are available in Alberta and British Columbia for top performers.
Above all, treeplanting is not for the faint of heart; the days are long, the weather is unpredictable and the bugs are sometimes infuriating. However, hundreds of planters at Brinkman plant millions of trees each spring. And at Brinkman, planters earn excellent money, work in a safe, supportive environment and return year after year (we think it may be for the wonderful food).