News & Updates

Five Provinces One Season: The Tree-Running Adventures of the Migrating Smoky Tiger

May
10
May
10

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.

Cheakamus Community Forest and B.C. sign carbon offset agreement

Apr
30
Apr
30

Cheakamus Community Forest and B.C have signed an Atmospheric Benefits Sharing Agreement.

Update for the West Coast: Got Shorts and a Rain Coat?

Apr
16
Apr
16

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.

Is Tree Planting a World's Toughest Job?: BBC Reality TV in a Brinkman Camp

Mar
31
Mar
31

By Dawn Brinkman

It had been over a year of back and forth with the TV producers and their proposal of a tree planting reality documentary before the three British rookies hit the Prince George tarmac in mid-May of 2014. The premise of the show is how the unemployed youth (18-25) of Britain hold up in the BBC series World’s Toughest Jobs. During this “courtship period” we made it clear how difficult the job is, and outlined the qualities we look for in a rookie planter. We weren’t paid to host the show at our camp, but candidates with work visas could potentially learn how to carry out honest hard work and become fast, money-making returning planters, that is, if they were cut out for the job.

Cheakamus Community Forest Offset Project: Whistler's Improved Forest Management

Mar
16
Mar
16

By Joseph Pallant, Brinkman Climate Manager

In 2009, the 32,000 ha Cheakamus Community Forest (CCF) was awarded to a partnership between the Municipality of Whistler, the Squamish First Nation and the Lil’Wat First Nation. Social enterprise non-profit Ecotrust Canada helped broker this new community forest. One of its first recommendations was that the principles of ecosystem-based management form the foundation for management of the licence, to meet a wide range of social and environmental goals, including maintaining long term carbon sequestration to address global warming. This is where Brinkman Earth Systems joined the project.

Scratching the Surface: Viewing in the Chilcotins

Mar
15
Mar
15

By Matt Robertson

In forestry we have the unique opportunity of traveling among some of our planet’s more exotic landscapes. Be it the Great Bear Rainforest of the central coast or the northern Boreal, each wilderness area has its own unique identity. These areas are part of the draw that brings 350 people back each year to work in our BC operations. Amongst these stunning landscapes are cultures whose histories range some 300 years ago from first contact with European and Asian settlers searching for resources and a new life, to the First Nations people who began to populate the Americas perhaps as much as 40,000 years ago.

Discovery with The Gitxsan: Tree-planting at Summer Camp

Mar
15
Mar
15

By Marley Meinzinger

The very first Gitxsan Career Discovery Forestry Camp took place outside of picturesque Hazleton, BC at the end of July, 2014. A group of 20 Gitxsan youth from the community high school challenged themselves to a weeklong experience of living in a bush camp and being immersed in the world of tree planting and other forestry careers.

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