Since 2006, we at Torrent Silviculture have planted roughly 75,000,000 seedlings. We take pride in our quality and safety standards. Torrent Silviculture employs roughly 100 planters a year to fulfill contracts in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and BC’s interior, working with licensees and community forest alike.
Our planters come from across the country, and around the world to come and plant trees in BC’s interior. While conditions vary from mounded blocks to mountain sides, each microsite is carefully considered for each seedling stock. After the microsite has been prepared, the planter uses their tree planting shovel to open the ground. The tree is then skillfully inserted so that the roots stay straight. The hole is then closed, and the planter is off to find their next microsite.
The planting season in the Cariboo runs from early April to early August and planters live in camps for the duration of the season.
Tree planters are expected to come prepared for the season with their own gear. This could include, but is not limited to:
- sturdy footwear
- planting bags & shovel
- planting gloves
- enough wool work socks for a couple of shifts
- warm clothing
- rain gear
A Simon Fraser University study of tree planters revealed that the physical exertion level, and work efficiency, of tree planters is among the highest ever recorded in human occupational performance studies. In fact, they measured tree planters with relative exertion levels 75 per cent of an Olympic marathoner.