The Right Gear Is Important For Tree Planters
For many forested areas in the northern hemisphere, summer is time for the heavy work of tree-planting to occur. While many tree-planters are fortunate enough to work in areas that are close to villages or established logging camps where accommodation is available, many will be working in isolated areas where they will be camping a few feet away from marked planting areas.
These are not campgrounds with tent pads and all of the modern niceties; they are basically clearings in the forest underbrush. With the wrong tent and gear, a potential tree-planter will be completely at the mercy of the weather and will not last long in the job although the profit margin may be very good.
Tree planting on an industrial scale is a physically exhausting job; in order to work well and be profitable ( workers are paid by the number of trees planted, not by the hour), a person must get a good night’s sleep and be well-rested to survive the physical onslaught of heavy manual labor and bad weather. A tent must be chosen with care; a small two-berth won’t work.
A tree planter needs room to sleep and have an area large enough to dry and store wet clothes, boots, and muddy rain suits. Either a four-berth tent or a tent with a separate screen room will work nicely.
A tree-planter will also need a double-walled, waterproof tent with proper noseeum mesh netting to keep away insects. As a worker will be sleeping in a tent for possibly weeks at a time, the sleeping area must remain as dry and as pest-free as possible to ensure adequate rest for top performance.
Nothing can be more discouraging or as unhealthy to a new or novice tree planter than sleeping in a damp tent after working a solid 8 hours or more in the rain.
As mentioned above, tree planters have to work in the rain or even the snow if they are working in the mountains. Along with proper sleeping gear, proper work wear is needed for cold, wet conditions. Long johns, thick work pants, long-sleeved shirts, woollen sweaters, gloves, work boots and rain gear are a must. Most old hands at tree planting also recommend using polyester and woollen clothes.
Cotton does not retain heat when wet and the risk of hypothermia is increased. Polyester keeps moisture away from the skin, and wool retains heat even when wet. Long work pants and long sleeved shirts are recommended even when the weather is good in order to avoid annoying insect bites.
Camping for work purposes are an entirely different beast than camping for fun: a couple of bad nights’ sleep is ok when one is on holiday, but for a worker it can be disastrous. With the right equipment, a worker can get the rest needed in order to remain in good shape and be profitable.