Job Focus: Tree-Planting in BC – 2018


Every so often in BC, you come across folks who are hard-core tree planters. These self-selecting folks embrace the tough job of replenishing the depleted forests along the coast and interior of the province (and beyond). The fact that many are able to subsist year-round on just a few months of work per year, is very attractive.

But as we also know, tree-planting experience, a keen aptitude and the physical/psychological ability to tree plant well and quickly, are keys to success. For some, it is the aspect of finding community, a feeling that they are doing something positive for the environment and an entrepreneurial ‘go-for-it’ attitude all complement the potential for funding a good lifestyle year-round.

Tree-planting is the process of transplanting tree seedlings, generally for forestryland reclamation, or landscaping purpose. It differs from the transplantation of larger trees in arboriculture, and from the lower cost but slower and less reliable distribution of tree seeds.

In silviculture the activity is known as reforestation, or afforestation, depending on whether the area being planted has or has not recently been forested. It involves planting seedlings over an area of land where the forest has been harvested or damaged by firedisease or human activity. Tree planting is carried out in many different parts of the world, and strategies may differ widely across nations and regions and among individual reforestation companies. Tree planting is grounded in forest science, and if performed properly can result in the successful regeneration of a deforested area. Reforestation is the commercial logging industry’s answer to the large-scale destruction of old growth forests, but a planted forest rarely replicates the biodiversity and complexity of a natural forest.[citation needed]

Because trees remove carbon dioxide from the air as they grow, tree planting can be used as a geoengineering technique to remove CO2 from the atmosphereDesert greening projects are also motivated by improved biodiversity and reclamation of natural water systems, but also improved economy and social welfare due to increased number of jobs in farming and forestry. Source Wikipedia

Here are some links to more information and jobs in Treeplanting!

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