News & Updates

CN Rail Reforesting Traditional Lands: Brinkman and Tree Canada Collaborate with First Nation Family

Sep
18
Sep
18

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.

The First Planting Contract: Up The Wildhorse in 1970

Jul
9
Jul
9

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.

Update for the West Coast: Got Shorts and a Rain Coat?

Apr
16
Apr
16

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.

Scratching the Surface: Viewing in the Chilcotins

Mar
15
Mar
15

By Matt Robertson

In forestry we have the unique opportunity of traveling among some of our planet’s more exotic landscapes. Be it the Great Bear Rainforest of the central coast or the northern Boreal, each wilderness area has its own unique identity. These areas are part of the draw that brings 350 people back each year to work in our BC operations. Amongst these stunning landscapes are cultures whose histories range some 300 years ago from first contact with European and Asian settlers searching for resources and a new life, to the First Nations people who began to populate the Americas perhaps as much as 40,000 years ago.

Discovery with The Gitxsan: Tree-planting at Summer Camp

Mar
15
Mar
15

By Marley Meinzinger

The very first Gitxsan Career Discovery Forestry Camp took place outside of picturesque Hazleton, BC at the end of July, 2014. A group of 20 Gitxsan youth from the community high school challenged themselves to a weeklong experience of living in a bush camp and being immersed in the world of tree planting and other forestry careers.

Brinkman Forest Ltd. Contributes to SFU's Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business Leadership Program

Oct
27
Oct
27

For over a decade Brinkman Forest Ltd. has been fortunate enough to work with First Nations communities in northwest British Columbia, forming strong partnerships that create value and spur economic development in the region. Traditionally these partnerships focused on the management of forest resources, which remains the core of what Brinkman Forest Ltd. offers its clients today.

Ecosystems Self-Assemble: Preview of Dirk's SAF/CIF "Restore the Land" Presentation

Oct
2
Oct
2

Next week Brinkman Group co-founder, CEO and self-taught forest scientist, Dirk Brinkman will join North America’s leading Forest wizards, at the largest Forest Science Research conference in the world.

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