A Typical Tree Planting Day
Wake Up Time (Early!)
You wake up, hopefully ready to go for the next day, in either a bush camp or a hotel room.
You go get breakfast and make your lunch in the cook shack.
You catch a ride to work. Sometimes it takes an hour or more – yuk!
Oh yeah, and there is usually a good bit of walking.
You do a little stretch
You go plant a whack of trees (to strict quality and density requirements).
You take some short breaks, eat some food and drink some water (or diluted Gatorade).
You plant more trees. Perhaps in the blistering heat, the rain, the sleet, the bugs, the mud. You have cuts, skinless heels, Deet in your eyes and fatigued muscles.
If you push hard, and learn good technique, you will be putting in 1000-3000 trees a day.
You go back to camp and get cleaned up. For some this means washing their hands and face, others just need a shower – hopefully a hot one!
You give your tally to your camp manager or foreman. This will likely consist of how many trees or each species and seedlot you planted in which areas. Most companies require you to collect stickers off of the boxes with most of the vital information.
Your camp manager or foreman will likely be working late in to the night running the numbers to track what is going where, what is left to plant, and oh yeah, adding your earnings to the payroll.
Time for some chow in the cook shack. With some companies, dinner time can be a four star quality event that you can get very excited about on most nights.
Exhausted, you hang out with your camp mates. Some play hacky-sack, some play music or cards, others read or just chat. This is a great opportunity to meet some really interesting people.
For most, bed time comes early. Your body is spent. Time to rest up because you have to do it all over again tomorrow.
Many people enjoy reading before bed to help wind down.