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Monday, December 18, 2006

Scooter's Camp Video

Jonathan Clark, best known as Scooter, is a camp supervisor for Folklore in Alberta and British-Columbia. He is the webmaster of Replant.ca , a highly informative treeplanting website, mostly regarding the way it's done in Western Canada. His website is recommended not only to any prospective planter, but to any planters, thanks to the great pictures, insights and tips.

Aside from the pics, two sections are really interesting: Scooter's diary is a great way to get the point-of-view, routine and problems expected and faced on a day-to-day basis by a camp supervisor. His reference material is also incredibly detailed for all information, from the actual act of planting trees to the crewboss, or foreman, information.

A must read.

Here's a video from his 2006 season:

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Some Camp Fun...

Here's two funny jousting videos done by a treeplanter in Alberta. The second one is a gem, I'd say.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Tree-planting Slideshow, Summer 2006

Here's a slideshow from a fellow Outland planter in a undetermined camp somewhere in Northern Ontario. I'm pretty sure it's the Kapuskasing camp.

It goes fast, but it does show the essentials of a treeplanting experience, including bugs, days off, camp life.

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Ed's Up: Tree-planting

Here's Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson planting trees for a day for his OLN TV show "Ed's Up". He went to a Outland camp in Northern Manitoba, Tolco, under Jamie Nicholls supervision. My good friend Laura Preston (or LKP) will be the tree quality assessor (or checker) there next year.

It sums up "Eastern and Central Canada" (i.e. Non-British-Columbia) planting pretty well. But it remains a TV show, and a few things were scripted (confirmed by LKP). Mostly the way rookies feel during their first days on the block, having no idea what they are doing and why they are here. Listen to what planter Cian McMahon has to say. Pretty much sums up your mental state up there.

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