News & Updates
Every year across Canada CN Rail’s sustainability program sponsors many reforestation projects, offsetting the clearing of new rail lines and the production of new railway ties. By 2015 they will have planted over one million trees, which makes them the leading private non-forestry company tree planter in Canada. Tree Canada, a non-profit organization that specializes in coordinating the pro bono planting of trees for various purposes has partnered with CN to help see these projects happen. This year through Tree Canada, CN Rail sponsored the planting of 100,000 seedlings by Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. on the TseK'hene traditional First Nation territory of the Chingee family about 60kms North of Prince George.
"The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is now able to neutralize its corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by purchasing carbon offsets locally as part of its broader Carbon Neutral Operations Plan. This is possible because of the recent signing of an agreement between the Cheakamus Community Forest near Whistler and the Province of British Columbia, which allows the community forest to generate and sell carbon offsets.
By Dirk Brinkman
August 1970, fighting fire as a faller north of Golden, I strapped the slashing contractor whose crew started the fire onto the helicopter skid after a fallen tree cracked his cervical vertebrae-- wiring his hardhat to the stretcher basket as a windfairing to protect him on the long flight to Nelson over the Purcell Mountains. Nearly bankrupt for having to fight the fire with his whole crew on his payroll, he was worrying about the bill for all of the timber burnt when he had his accident. Later that week i took a fall climbing. At that moment I truly met Ted Davis, whose climbing caution i had initially misread as timidness, and suddenly realized was expertize.
Hey Brinkman tribe! I’m honoured to tell the tale of my 2014 season of tree running adventures, one for the record books, for your amazement and amusement. Long, varied, with many a sloping and soggy quad trail, fields of brackies as far as the eye can see, tree boxes, slash piles, and so many stubborn and beautiful planter folk. In the end I traversed five provinces in “Elfmist,” my faithful blue ’82 Volkswagon Westfalia. Looking back, it was truly a season that makes me proud to work with you guys. It made me realize how lucky I am just to be a part of this team.
Every year is different and every year remains the same. We all work, we all have friends and family, and we all have goals and dreams. A select few of us come together for a brief moment in time here in Western Canada, burning calories and candles at both ends, reveling and struggling with our resolve in each day’s effort. We marvel together at having expended enough energy to make a sprint of marathon sized dinners, and sprint each night through our meal to an empty plate and a hot shower.