9 years later, this will be my last season tree planting. From falsely yelling “never again” to asking myself “what’s next”? Tree planting is appealing for so many reasons.
The heat, the heat is unbearable. Plus everyone won’t stop picking their noses! A new tree planting blog post about the heat and social conventions while tree planting.
Cell reception, on site laundry and no camp take down or set up: a look at the ways tree planting camps have changed over the past decade and what that means for rookie planters.
Tree planters walk an average of 16km a day over rough terrain. They spend their days in the rain, trudging through rivers and standing in knee high mud. Finding a pair of boots which can withstand such abuse, be waterproof and be comfortable, well that is a rare thing.
Looking for a new pair of boots but don’t know where to start? Head on over to TreePlantingBlog.com and read about your three best options!
In eight years working in Silviculture, I have been struck by lightning, been driven off loggings roads, almost collided with logging trucks at least three times, been put in compromising situations and felt my life or my well-being in danger countless times. Add to this the fact that I’ve known of a least six or seven deaths, several severe injuries(including someone who can no longer walk) and have witnessed numerous blatant health and safety violations.
I think it normal for everyone at some point, or quite often, to think “what have I done or experienced that is of any value up until this point in my life?” It would be wrong to say that the thought does not enter my head every so often. Thankfully, this unhealthy train of thought is susceptible to simple reflection and I realize that in between my boring life of University, video games and slight socializing, I have had some experiences which people could write short, badly written novels about. Most of these experiences come thanks to my summers tree planting or the little traveling I’ve done. Some stories will never escape my lips(or at the very least never be written on this blog) and others I will begin to share. I want to write these here for no other reason than as a way to remember these exciting moments in my life and as an appreciation for the art of creative non-fiction(and to shame people like Thomas).
Lightning struck and I counted: “one, two, three, four…” BANG!
I recently wrote a story for the blog Shut Up And Plant about the time in which myself and 3 other planters were struck by lightning. The story highlights one of the little known or talked about dangers within the field of Silviculture and details the important lessons learned from coming so close to death. The reality, as you will read, is that I learned very little. To read this tree planting story on being struck by lightning, jump on over to shutupandplant.ca by clicking here: What I Learned Getting Struck by Lightning.
It has been a strange return to planting this year. If I had any advice for planters during the off season it would be to join a gym! Though not without its discomforts, I have found the start to this season to have been a lot easier than years past.
I received this email from PK at King Deluxe records and as a fan of Blocktreat, I thought I would pass along this wonderful idea.