House starts down mean fewer tree planting jobs

tree planters

tree planters

One summer when I was still a university student I went north and planted about 63,000 trees. It was tedious and backbreaking work, but the money was good at seven to twelve cents a tree. I made about $6000 in seven weeks (those are 1980’s dollars).

This year, with the economy still struggling in the USA and housing starts down in many Canadian markets, the demand for lumber is low and thus for new forests also low. Summer tree planters are facing few jobs, shorter contracts and less money.

Kapaskasing and Timmins just wont be the same this summer.

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