News & Updates

Seven Ravens and a Life of Planting Trees: From Nanaimo Lakes to Kenya

Jan
12
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By Michael Nickels

Four days later we met Dirk at a camp just outside of Cassidy near Nanaimo Lakes. The following morning he took Pat and I to the clearcut block and said, "So I know you've never planted before, so here is how it is done. Follow me, pay attention and keep up!" We followed as Dirk went into Ninja-mode slicing his way like the Tasmanian Devil through bush and slash, wildly flailing his mattock.

 

Salute to Lisa Houle: A Forest Safety Ambassador

Jan
10
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By Timo Scheiber

Many of Lisa’s positions with Brinkman were created just for her, to make sure we got the best from her considerable skills at any given time. So, as many of us have, she grew in her career with the company and took on new challenges and greater responsibility. 

Lee Maxwell Retires: A Collection of Appreciation

Jan
9
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By Erik Brinkman

Whatever the job, Lee was up to the challenge, Brinkman was expanding, and had work enough for her talents, She was sent to the field to avert disasters, Serious, stressful situations, punctuated by bursts of laughter, She was sent to Northern Alberta to recruit planters,She was sent to audit supervisors' books and improve standards. Some people lead with their guts, and act on intuition, So Lee was tough, but friendly, the smiling inquisition, She made sure the numbers reconciled and made sense, While my dad continued his world domination plans

2013 Season Overview from Judi Tetro: Adventures in Eastern Canada

Jan
8
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By Judi Tetro, Eastern Canada Operations Manager

What is The East? Well, in Brinkman and Associates Reforestation terms, The East comprises the provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Please, please don’t tell anyone who lives in Alberta or Saskatchewan that we include them in The East… we will be tarred and feathered – and likely shunned and booted out of those provinces!

That aside, The East has the most fun and is the best place to work of all the regions! Ok, maybe we shouldn’t tell people who plant in BC that [totally true fact] either.

The East planted a lot of trees in 2013, surveyed thousands of hectares, burned hundreds of slash piles, and ‘greened’ the highway right-of-ways of Southern Ontario.

Report from Ben Bradford's Crew: Be Nice and Make Money in Northern Ontario: PLUS! a Snapshot of Hornepayne in Quotes

Jan
7
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There are many challenges associated with working in Ontario, and in the 2013 season I think our crew faced them all! Despite the freezing rains and snow of early May, the sweltering heat of July, a seemingly endless flu pandemic, mosquitos that swarmed like blackflies, broken busses, Alberta-style gumbo roads and a crew made up of 95% greeners, we managed to pull it off!

I’d like to thank my amazing staff. If it weren’t for all your hard work training up our new planters, and doing it all with a smile, we would have never succeeded! A huge thank you to everyone who planted in my camp in 2013 as well, you truly embodied our camp rules of “Be Nice, and Make Money!”

Eagle Training Camp 2013: Robin's Crew Winning in Manitoba

Jan
6
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By Robin McCullough

For those of you who haven’t heard, our crew is one giant Eagle. I am the Eagle Eyes, because I see everything. Always watching, always thinking. Our tree deliverers are the Eagle’s Talons, always ahead of the crew, always reaching forward. Our cooks are the Eagle’s Heart and Stomach; no one goes anywhere without the strength we draw from our cooks. Our crewbosses are the Eagle’s bones, guiding our daily flights, adapting to change, coordinating our hunt. And our planters, our warriors, the engine of this machine – they are our Eagle feathers. Small feathers when they first get off the bus, bigger feathers every bagup, every day.

Matt's B.C. Interior Breakdown: 12 Million Trees in Mini-Facts

Jan
4
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By Matt Robertson, BC Regional Manager

This past 2013 season in the central Interior where the camps I work with call home was great season. It was a season where in nine weeks 12 million trees were planted by rookies of future promise, grizzled vets and overseen by an exceptionally talented core of staff. Somehow in the middle of all this, great parties were thrown, cameraderie abounded and acts of generosity were born.

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