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Las plantaciones de teca en América Latina: Mitos y realidades


Dear All, Estimados,

Es un gran placer adjuntar un libro recientemente publicado por la FAO y CATIE a nivel internacional donde BARCA participo como autor o coautor (Clementino, Diego y mi persona) en dos capítulos.

Disfruten la lectura.

Por favor mandar a otros interesados que no incluí en la lista de envio.


It is a great pleasure to share this difentive teak book that is internationally published by the FAO and CATIE. Key managers of BARCA, Diego Dipieri, and Ricardo Lujan authored two chapters of this book.

Enjoy… (link to book) 

Teca Mitos y Realidades, 2013.pdf, by Diego Dipieri, Ricardo Lujan


Planter Psychology 101 By Rhea Szarics








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Post Script:

Hello, I'm Rhea. I've been planting in Ben Bradford's camp in Ontario for the past three years. I draw a lot of cartoons about tree planting (among other things). This series charts the psychological stages of a treeplanter working on bad land. 


Alex Robertson, An Account of Our Beloved Friend's Passing: An Unthinkable Threat to Planter Well-being


By Erik Brinkman

By now many of you know that our good friend and sage colleague Alex Robertson has recently passed away. As a community we are here supporting each other through the immense grief and shock ­­-- shock that BC’s opioid crisis could take someone from our midst who we never would have thought was vulnerable. I am writing this account to honour his memory by shedding some light on the details of the week surrounding his passing as best I can and perhaps his passing can be a learning event for us to help mitigate this tragedy from repeating itself.

Celebrating Fred Schutter: Happy Sailing to the Next Adventure



After thirty eight years as one of Brinkman’s top supervisors and division managers, in 2016 we said “bon voyage” to Fred Schutter and his wife and life partner Brigitte, as they sailed happily into Fred’s well-earned retirement. Dirk and Joyce hosted a farewell party complete with songs and speeches and libations in September after the company AGM. Here’s an excerpt from Dirk’s speech, which true-to-form celebrates the intermingling of business and friendship that has made Brinkman a family affair for decades:

Fred, our original arguments about company protocols and practices ultimately formed the ground of reforestation as a business. These debates ranged from the question of what a supervisor should operationally decide independent of the CEO/office, to what makes sense as policy and should be strategically shared with all crews, vs what remains a question of preference. We argued for so many hours in so much detail that thirty years later much of it is lost in lore because now that is just how you do it.

But I want you to hear that I acknowledge how deeply and powerfully you contributed to the company’s and the industry’s best operating practices. These balances still guides the collective governance balance between the remote project manager and roaming regional manager. You helped make ours the most effective organization in treeplanting.

And you showed other project managers how. For decades, you and your brother Bob ran our most profitable reforestation crew. Your discipline of optimizing every planter’s production every hour every day drove the highest planter earnings and maintained the highest planter loyalty. Your professional focus on prioritizing quality and client service above all anchored two long term regional relationships, still key to our BC reforestation season. Your system and disciplined practices created work continuity for our long term planters through many corporate ownership changes and radical restructuring of the clients’ forestry divisions – amazingly your system has sustained our relationship through almost forty years of these changes.

This business journey has been a life journey, a journey of friendship and, yes, sometimes one of conflict. Issues sorted themselves out and the friendship remains. Through the Schutters we learned the importance of an extended family. Your and Brigitte’s and Martin’s friendship with Joyce and I and each of our kids will endure, and we hope you will always be a part of our family.

Most of all, for those who do not know how true you have been to your name, this account illustrates you are a true Schutter. What is a Schutter? A Schutter is a Guard, a Guardian. You have been a guardian for all of us, guarding what we value most: how to trust each other.

Dirk’s speech was followed by a celebratory rap and toast from Baba, who marked the occasion with some custom lyricism about Fred’s contribution to the company and Brinkman community. Here’s an excerpt from the rap:


Costa Rica was Brinkman's first international wave of expansion

Freddy was made for this challenge, but what really attracted him?

Was it the tactical action or the waves on the beach crashin'?

Or the chance to live like Pablo Escobar in a hilltop mansion?


An incomparable palace

With a Kootenay twist on Central American stylish

The perfect staging ground for cutting deals with Terra Vitalis

Along with the team: Ricardo, Diego

The three amigos, the "Parrita Pendejos"


Who converted the ranches of Costa Rican cattlemen

Into rich habitats that local species inhabited

Freddy the entrepreneur, clever and passionate

Transformed the land from grass to timber stands on it


Yes, Freddy’s earned some downtime and deserves thanks

But I keep expecting him to admit this is just a prank

I've never known this company without Fred at the centre workin'

And I don't really identify him as a restful person


He's energetic and mentally with it and extroverted

Which is how every crisis that comes across his desk gets averted

I can't exactly picture him chillin' in a hammock 

Unless it's dipped in a freezing creek, or something similarly drastic


He's a friend and an inspiration, so I can't wait to see what's next

From Uncle John to the Legendary Treeplanter Known as "Stryker"


By Anneke Stryker

This note is to celebrate the incredible number of learnings and adjustments since first coming out to planting last season. From testing just how sore I can make my body to how to shit in the woods to embracing the friendly and open “you do you” attitude in camp.

However, one of the most fascinating aspects of coming out here is learning how much of a legend my Uncle John is. I’m so used to the quirky, quiet and stubborn-but-kind bushman uncle who invites everyone over for homemade pancakes and sausages every few weeks at his Ontario place.

I was super excited when he invited me out treeplanting and that he’d “take me under his wing.” I had no idea how generous a gesture that would actually be for me.

Here everyone knows who he is and looks up to him. Suddenly to everyone in camp I’m “Stryker’s niece.” A planter asked me if I knew my Uncle John’s “kind of a big deal out here?”

He’s so in his element. I’ve never seen him cracking so many jokes, more comfortable than ever. One day, our crew wasn’t planting so well and, as our crew boss, he called a few people out on their trees. At the end of the day as we’re packing up the crew cab, he says, “See, when I’m having a bad day, I just throw a plot on myself. Perfect spacing, oh perfect obstacling, and awesome micrositing!” in typical slow and mock-conceited Uncle John humour he gets his message out.

He knows the names of all the mountains and all the trees, recognizing bird calls and animal droppings. He just belongs here: working hard, taking care of everyone and everything, and always willing to help out where he can.

He’s not the most social uncle in the family, but he’s incredibly moral. Now that I’ve seen him in flying action from under wing, it makes me kinda proud to be the niece of the famous “Stryker”.

Now sorry-not-sorry for making you even more public Uncle John...


Post Script: as of October 30th, 2016 John Stryker has planted 3,44,882 trees with Brinkman since 1981. John Stryker and Ricky Coutts are the only two planters to have planted over 3 million trees with Brinkman. 

IETA publishes 2016/17 GHG Market Report. Brinkman Climate on Editorial Committee.


As a member of the Editorial Committee, Joseph Pallant & Brinkman Climate are proud to announce the publication of International Emissions Trading Association's (IETA) 2016/17 Greenhouse Gas Market Report. "Bridging the Ambition Gap: The Rise, Reach and Power of Carbon Markets." Strong work by the authors, editors and IETA team. It is a pleasure to work with such smart, dedicated collaborators in the fight against climate change. 

You can read the full report here.