Spring Training - April and May - Training Schedule
Mar 21, 2014 - Planting Season Is Nearly Here!
What Are YOUR Training Needs?
Contractors & Workers: The BC Forest Safety Council & the WSCA are organizing classes to meet your spring training needs! Read More
Fit to Plant Preseason Fitness Program
Mar 10, 2014 - Delia Robert's excellent and useful Fit to Plant program known for its comprehensive advice on pre-season training, nutrition, stretching and general information on working hard for a living is offering a series of updates this spring as the industry heads into this year's field season. Workers can follow this series by clicking on the link below. Read More
Desperate Planters' Last Chance
Mar 7, 2014 - Is it really too late to get ready?
Fortunately, sports science can still
save your butt. With a bit of effort
you can kick start your season— here
is what to do….
Pre-season Wrist Training Will Reduce Injuries
Mar 5, 2014 - Sports mechanic and fitness expert Dr. Delia Roberts has worked with the BC SAFE Silviculture Program to produce a quick guide to training up your wrists and forearms for this year's planting season. The pamphlet also includes tactics for keeping yourself fit during the season and how to recover quickly from repetitive strain symptoms. Wrist and forearms are the principal and vulnerable pivot points for planting and silviculture saw work. They can better resist the onslaught of hard work through increasing strength and flexibility. They can be brought back into use quicker through proper massage and the use of heat and cold. Read More
Guidelines available to reduce tree planter exposure to pesticides and fertilizers.
Mar 5, 2014 - A pamphlet and summary of recently concluded research on tree planter exposure to chemicals on seedlings or in fertilizers offers guides to reducing exposure including best choice of gloves, practical hygienic practices and techniques; plus links for more information. Read More
Plant Ambidextrously; Save Wear and Tear
Mar 4, 2014 - Planting with the same hand will make you lopsided. Working your body one-sidedly will cause distortions of strength and flexibility. That imbalance will make you more prone to strain and pain. This may very well be a major reason why such a highly fit industry as silviculture looses so much productivity and spends so much money recovering from musculoskeletal injuries (MSI). It amounts to close to a million dollars annually on MSI compensation if we include attendant injuries that muscle imbalance can contribute to. The remedy is learning to plant ambidextrously and this should be taught to every new planter and to any teachable vet. Read More
WSCA Is Now On Facebook!
Dec 13, 2013 - If you are on Facebook you'll definitely want to check out our page! Read More
WSCA Rumour Mill
Rumour Mill Roundupdate Vol. 14-4
Mar 28, 2014 -
Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association
Rumour Mill Roundupdate
March 21st, 2014
United Nations International Day of Forests Read More
WSCA 2014 Annual Conference Roundupdate
Feb 5, 2014 - A strong showing of company and government dirt foresters and managers made this year's WSCA annual conference a particularly practical and productive session. Here are some of the high points and WSCA strategic objectives arising from the conference: Read More
Draft Report on Silviculture Sector Emergency Response Released
Jan 23, 2014 - Serious silviculture workplace incidents and medical emergencies that occur on remote settings in B.C. have been the focus of a recent BC SAFE Silviculture Program research project. The subsequent draft report Report on Matters Related to Remote Worksite Emergency Response in the B.C. Silviculture Sector addresses the concern of how well prepared silviculture operators may be to deal with the actual consequences of a serious injury in a remote setting. The report's findings indicate the regulatory framework provides insufficient guidance as to what an acceptable level of preparation looks like in practice. It also addresses the evidence that many firms may be over-relying on the 9-1-1 system in their emergency planning. Read More
WSCA Rumour Mill & Roundupdate Fall 2013
Dec 31, 2013 - As the annual bidding and negotiating tournament for 2014 silviculture work winds down I thought I would offer a few of my half-baked opinions on the market. Of course, as you all know, opinions are by definition half-baked, as they are based on the information available at the time. Therefore opinions may be incomplete. Being neither all-knowing, or all-seeing, particularly when it comes to the invisible hand of the marketplace, I extend these thoughts based on what I have heard in the last few months. Read More
Forest Minister Deserves Credit for Recognizing Khaira Workers
Dec 11, 2013 - Forest Minister Steve Thomson deserves credit for giving what amounts to an apology to the employees of Khaira Enterprises in an interview with the Globe and Mail this week. Although the minister hasn't met with any of the unpaid workers he's quoted, “I would apologize. Clearly there was not the appropriate oversight.” Read More
News & Media
Fit to Plant: the Exhilaration of Exertion and Making Money
Feb 21, 2014 - Each year in late winter on the Canadian West Coast, tree planters begin a seasonal reforestation campaign that will eventually spread across most of the country. Read More
California Drought: “Unprecedented”
Jan 15, 2014 - Emerging story.
Remember how the climate deniers went after Stephen Chu, Obama’s first Energy Secretary, when Chu described Climate Change’s threat to California agriculture? Given the importance of California agriculture in supplying the fruits and vegetables that Americans have come to expect all winter long, the current drought is something that could have significant impact on American’s pocket books. Read More
2014 COFI Annual Convention
Jan 9, 2014 - The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is pleased to announce the dates for Western Canada’s premier forest sector convention - April 2 & 3, 2014 in Kelowna, BC.
This annual convention traditionally attracts over 400 delegates representing senior industry, government and customer representatives as well as elected officials from, local, provincial and federal governments. This year’s theme “Rooted Locally, Growing Globally: The New Forest Industry” promises to provide something for everyone. For more information on the convention including opportunities for exhibitors, sponsorship or attending, please go to www.cofi.org where you will find a link to the convention website. It will be updated regularly, so please check back often. Read More
Province repeatedly hired forestry company despite concerns over working conditions
Dec 9, 2013 - Khaira Enterprises Ltd. will be back before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal this week facing allegations that it kept forestry workers in slave-like conditions at a remote camp near Golden.
The company’s practices have been the focus of the hearings. But the operator had a silent partner – the provincial government. Read More
Beetle-killed trees create widespread fire hazard
Dec 2, 2013 - Fat pellets of snow are dusting a 130-year-old forest of pine and spruce as John Betts leads a small group through the woods. The elevation is 1,100 metres and spring has not reached here, the fresh coat of white making a pretty picture. But this is Mr. Betts’s tour of doom, and he sees instead a powderkeg that threatens the nearby communities of Kamloops, Merritt and Quilchena. Read More