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"Sure, we know a lot of things, but our knowledge of browse protection options is surprisingly limited so we called in some expert help.
Thanks to Timo Scheiber, Operations Manager, Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. who answered our questions and gave us his educated opinion.
Timo is reluctant to call himself a subject matter expert, but because he’s worked for Brinkman’s for over 25 years and they’ve planted an impressive 1 billion+ trees around the planet, we’re happy to call Timo an expert and grateful to have him share his experience."
By all accounts, Faraz Khodabandeh was a remarkable person, both a larger-than-life character and a respected up-and-coming leader in the Brinkman community. He thought deeply and cared deeply about the tree-planting experience and what it meant for the people involved, and he faithfully shared those thoughts with his friends and fellow planters, earning himself a reputation as a wilderness philosopher and modern Renaissance man. When Faraz’s life was tragically and prematurely cut short by a road accident on November 10th, 2013, the collective response was grief, but also action. Something about Faraz compelled his friends and family to take steps to preserve a lasting legacy for him.
Every year across Canada CN Rail’s sustainability program sponsors many reforestation projects, offsetting the clearing of new rail lines and the production of new railway ties. By 2015 they will have planted over one million trees, which makes them the leading private non-forestry company tree planter in Canada. Tree Canada, a non-profit organization that specializes in coordinating the pro bono planting of trees for various purposes has partnered with CN to help see these projects happen. This year through Tree Canada, CN Rail sponsored the planting of 100,000 seedlings by Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. on the TseK'hene traditional First Nation territory of the Chingee family about 60kms North of Prince George.
By Dirk Brinkman
August 1970, fighting fire as a faller north of Golden, I strapped the slashing contractor whose crew started the fire onto the helicopter skid after a fallen tree cracked his cervical vertebrae-- wiring his hardhat to the stretcher basket as a windfairing to protect him on the long flight to Nelson over the Purcell Mountains. Nearly bankrupt for having to fight the fire with his whole crew on his payroll, he was worrying about the bill for all of the timber burnt when he had his accident. Later that week i took a fall climbing. At that moment I truly met Ted Davis, whose climbing caution i had initially misread as timidness, and suddenly realized was expertize.
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.