Tree Planting FAQ

Each year we grow and plant 15 to 20 million seedlings made up of eight different species. These seedlings have been carefully selected across the region from vigorous trees growing naturally in the forest. This commitment guarantees a sustainable wood supply for generations. Since our company began its planting program almost 60 years ago we have planted almost 1 billion trees – a national record in Canada.

 

To learn more about tree planting, click on one of the questions below.

 

  • How much money will I make and what are the hours?

    Each crew consists of 10 planters and works five days a week; Monday to Friday. Each planter will be paid for their individual production by the number of trees they plant each day.

     

    Working hours can vary; however, typically a tree planter works from 5 a.m. to mid-afternoon. Planters should expect approximately 10 hour days with travel – 8 hours planting and 2 hours driving. Each planter should plant between 12,000 and 15,000 trees per week. In 2012, tree planters earned on average $750 per week. The top 25% of tree planters made $12,000 in the summer plus a $1000 scholarship if they were attending a post-secondary education institution.

     

  • I’ve heard tree planting is hard work – how strenuous is it?

    Silviculture foresters say tree planting requires more energy than any other forestry job. “After a summer tree planting a person has the stamina and the muscles as if they had spent every day in a conditioning gym program. They are ready to play soccer, hockey or any sport.”

     

    It takes about a week for the body and mind set to be able to meet the challenge and get into the rhythm of planting. Workers have to be up early, ready to travel to the site and begin planting when the sun comes up. The workday varies but will often end mid-afternoon with the heat of the day. Although it may sound like a short day, it is filled with black flies, heat, walking over rough terrain, bending and carrying seedling trays or bags and carrying a metal planting tool. You can see why they have to stay focused.

     

  • What do I wear? Will the company provide equipment?

    A tree planter wears a planting harness with seedlings and carries a planter’s tool that can be purchased from company or local suppliers.

     

    Planters must wear their own CSA Certified steel toe boots. They are advised to wear a hat because many hours are spent in the direct sun light. As well, black flies are thick in May and June and attracted to exposed ears and necks; be sure to bring bug spray!

     

    Other things planters should bring with them or wear are:

     

      - Pants
      - CSA Certified steel toe boots
      - T-shirt
      - Hat
      - Rain Gear
      - Sun block
      - Bug Spray
      - Lunch and snacks
      - Lots of water! (4 to 8 litres per day)

     

  • How do I get there?

    Transportation arrangements may vary by area however typically vans will transport the planters to and from the site.

  • Where do I stay?

    In most cases, tree planters will return to their own homes each day.

  • Where and how are the trees planted?

    Tree planting is done in New Brunswick in 1 to 2 year old Harvest Areas. Approximately 2200 trees are planted per hectare.

     

    Trees are planted manually (7 ft by 7ft spacing) using a planting tool.  Planting teams are typically 11 people.  A supervisor checks the quality of the planting every day. Trees must be planted 2 meters (7 ft) apart. If there are rocks or puddles the spacing tightens as the planter finds another growing spot. The quality supervisor ensures seedlings are securely in the ground with the roots covered. If seedlings are dropped or if their roots are not covered, they will dry out and die.

     

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