News & Updates

Salute to Lisa Houle: A Forest Safety Ambassador

Jan
10
Jan
10

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
Jan
9

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
Jan
8

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
Jan
7

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
Jan
6

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.

Matty's War: Special Reserves Called to Duty East of Matheson, South of Nowhere, Ontario

Jan
5
Jan
5

By Matty Brown

As soon as I hang up I realize I don’t have any bags. That’s the problem with being out of The Game a while— you’re not expecting a call to pinch hit—least of all one that involves bagging up. When’s the last time I did that? 

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

Jan
4
Jan
4

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.

Dawn's Gypsy Caravan Crew: From 70 Mile to Whitecourt, 3000km and Counting

Jan
3
Jan
3

By Dawn Brinkman

The 2013 season was one to be reckoned with. Our gypsy caravan of a crew covered 3000km, from the southern semi-arid Cowboy interior to the Northern heights of the Stikine valley to the oilfield swamps of Northern Alberta. It was a long and lucrative season for the crew, and we had an outstanding team on staff, happy clients, and a great vibe in camp.

This is the PG Fir Camp and Life is Good: PLUS! John Beaton's Coastal Tour: Where there are Mountains Underwater and Underwater Mountains

Jan
2
Jan
2

By John Beaton, Supervisor/ Coastal Coordinator

The Fir Camp. 2013. Prince George. The sun is coming up as the steam rises from your 3rd cup of coffee. You’re about to load up again, but you’re ready. It was a good season and already, though you may not have admitted it to yourself, you look forward to the next. Your mind loses focus when you think about the hard days, and seems to gain a crystal clarity when you remember the good, projecting those days to otherwise unreachable status. You are a planter in the Fir Camp, and life is good.

Erik's Big Bad Baboon Crew Finds a Home: the Brinkman and Chingee Clans Reunite at Summit Lake after 40 Years

Jan
1
Jan
1

By Erik Brinkman

So much is in the camp; this cannot be underestimated. It provides the planters with a hearth, a home, respite from the often tempestuous block. In The Planters Guide Book, (yet to be written) Rule #423 states, “Hotel shows should never last, while a good camp should never be passed.” 

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