Between our operations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Maine, JDI Woodlands had 124 summer students who planted over 13 million trees this year. These students are dedicated, hardworking and are helping regenerate the forest for the future.
We had the opportunity to sit down with some of our Planters this year and ask a few questions!
Meet Myranda Talbot, a second year tree planter with Irving Woodlands! Myranda just finished her second year of arts and science at McMaster University, and is attending Dalhousie University in the Fall to study Bachelor of Environmental Design. We asked Myranda what her motivation to tree plant was and this is what she said!
“A main motivator for me is the money of course, you can make really good money with this job. However, I feel like I’m making a difference with the sustainability of New Brunswick’s Forests which is really important to me.”
Isaac Allen, a student attending St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB joined us for another year of Tree Planting, making it his second year. Isaac told us what an ideal day looks like in the woods!
“The best day would be a nice sunny day, not a lot of bugs and getting a lot of trees planted. That would be ideal! Being out in the woods is a good day on its own.”
Another second year tree planter, Ryan Reay is studying Forestry at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Ryan came back a second year because he enjoys being outside and he likes to be able to push himself. We asked him what it takes to be a tree planter.
“Determination and being able to push yourself. Getting a good rhythm for the day is key. When you come, you have to have the right mindset and a good attitude. You never know what it’s going to be like when you get to the block but being ready for whatever comes your way helps a lot.”
Madeline Parlee, a Tree Carer in Southern New Brunswick is a returning student this year! She is studying sciences at Mount Saint Vincent in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Maddy told us what you might gain from Tree Planting.
“It’s character building. You gain a lot of good people skills which is essential in your career. I feel like I’ve grown so much in the last two years just from Tree Planting itself. Some early mornings, but if you can put in the work and show up with a good attitude everyday it’s absolutely worth it."
A great incentive we offer to our Tree Planters if they are returning to school is between $750 - $1,000 scholarships. This year, we were pleased to give a total of $60,500 in scholarships to 71 planters!
Thank you and congratulations to all!