Friday, February 19, 2016

Audio Versions of Tree Planter Training Material

I've been working on a project for the past year and a half that involves a comprehensive training program for first-time tree planters in western Canada.  It involves a text version of the material, which may turn into a published book eventually, plus about seven hours of accompanying multimedia.

I finished a major stage in the project this week, namely, the end of the final main revisions to the underlying material.  I had expected to make a number of significant changes after seeing how the material worked out after the first year, because I knew that I would probably want to add things that had been overlooked.  The final text version can now be downloaded from the following link:

Tree Planter Training PDF

I've also spent the past week turning all of the information into a series of twenty audio files, to match the twenty sections of the text.  All of the audio files are in MP3 format, at 320 kbps.  I've posted the files onto my SoundCloud account, in case people want to listen and/or download just individual specific sections.  Also, as an alternative download source, you can go to my public Dropbox folder, then go into the "Canadian Reforestation" section, then into the "Planter Training" section, and see all of the mp3's there too.

The final versions of the videos are not yet available.  The initial versions that went online in April of 2015 were, frankly, quite boring.  It was a last minute job, and the goal at that point was simply to get rough versions online with the basic content.  Those original videos were in a simple talking-head format against a black backdrop, so they are very boring to watch.  I'm still working on those.  Believe me, the final versions will look about a hundred times more interesting, with green-screening and special effects and tons of field footage incorporated.  But it will take me several more months to finish editing and producing the final videos, so don't expect them online until spring of 2017.  In other words, I recommend that you stick to the text/audio material for now.

If you want to follow progress on the project, you can visit - but for now, here are all the SoundCloud links in one place:

Introduction to the Industry

Why Do We Plant Trees?


Working Safely, Hazards

Rules & Regulations

Camp Life

Map Reading

Nature & The Environment

Basic Silviculture Knowledge


Common BC Coniferous Trees

The Planting Prescription

Planting Gear

Planting a Seedling

Meeting Quality Requirements

Spacing, Density, & Excess

Site Preparation

Maximizing Productivity

Behaviours & Attitudes

Wrap Up

 If you'd like to learn more about the Canadian Tree Planting industry, visit:

 If you want to join Replant's tree planter group on Facebook, visit: