Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sheep lately

Famed for their eating, CFI utilizes sheep in drainages we aren't permitted to use herbicide.

Sheep and their gigantic guard hounds

The Janelle Bear in her native habitat

A block post sheep

Spruce where?

Mimulus guttatus

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Herbicide scenic flight

One major perk and massive downside of silviculture is the occasional helicopter flying. Two weeks ago, torrential rains washed out a handful of our roads as rising waters swept through Chetwynd, British Columbia flooding basements and making rivers out of roads. Lack of truck access takes us to the sky as trees, planters and gear are flown in all in the name of reforestation.

In addition to a planting heli-show, it's quicker and infinitely more efficient to hire a machine and check on blocks either herbicided last year or slated to be nuked this year. After a buggy and muggy morning with one of Nata's checkers, my boss picked me up for a scenic, if churning stomach afternoon flight.

Setting down to give our tummies a break, this was our view

Lifting off again

Sukunka area

Andy, a true, rare and unfortunately soon retiring gem

Between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd