Using pre-disturbance information provided by the client and visual evaluation of the site characteristics, our forestry staff can develop a planting prescription that provides planting densities, tree and shrub species and the spatial distribution of the stock on site. The reforestation plan will be developed to meet the client’s Revegetation Plan or the 2010 Reclamation Criteria for Wellsites and Associated Facilities for Forested Lands.
Seedlings supplied by Boreal are grown at the Bonnyville Forest Nursery to exact specifications. The nursery has developed propagation techniques for a wide range of native tree and shrub species so that Boreal can provide a diverse species mix to its clients, similar to that found pre-disturbance.
See the Seedling Growing Schedules and Stocktypes page for information on seedling ordering information and timelines.
SEEDLING STORAGE, CONDITIONING, AND TRANSPORT TO SITE
Spring Dormant Seedlings
Bonnyville Forest Nursery operates freezer storage facilities on site for overwintering seedlings. Seedlings are stored at -3 degrees Celsius from harvest in November until the client requests the stock for planting in the spring. Proximity to the planting area makes it relatively easy for clients to have the seedlings transported to their sites in minimal time.
Prior to planting the stock must be conditioned by thawing the seedlings in controlled conditions. The thawing process can take up to 5 days. For this reason, the nursery requires a 5-day notice prior to pickupin order to ensure that all of the stock has thawed prior to reaching the planting site.
If Boreal is providing stock and planting services, we will coordinate delivery to the planting site with the planting contractor. Seedling stock is transported in specially designed insulated seedlings transport units fitted onto crew cab trucks. This allows us to maximize seedling health during transportation to site and minimize the logistical issues of transporting crews.
Summer Hotlift Seedlings
Summer hotlift seedlings are conditioned for planting while in the growing facility. Seedlings are harvested as close as possible to the planting date and held in a cooler facilty at the nursery until pickup.
If Boreal is providing stock and planting services, we will coordinate delivery to the planting site with the planting contractor.
PROPAGATION OF DORMANT WOODY CUTTINGS AND STAKES
Boreal collects dormant woody willow and balsam poplar material for reclamation by direct staking or to process into cuttings to grow rooted plug container stock. Woody material is harvested when donor plants are dormant, between leaf senescence in the fall and leaf flush in spring, and stored at -3 to -4 C until processed.
Boreal offers a full range of dormant woody material propagation services including collection, freezer storage, cutting processing, rooted plug greenhouse production, direct staking and planting.
Lite-Step Silviculture Services provides dedicated oilfield planting crews generally consisting of one supervisor overseeing five planters. The tree planters come to us with a high degree of reclamation and reforestation experience. They are physically fit for the job and have received extensive health and safety training and client orientations. We maintain a Short Service Worker program to mentor and monitor new planters and guarantee that each new planter has at least one experienced planter to oversee their work.
Lite-Step Silviculture Services is able to provide off-road vehicles to transport planters and seedlings to sites not serviced by high grade roads. The crews have experience with helicopter shows.
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Reforested sites should be monitored for a period after planting to ensure that the reforestation is on track to meet the requirements of the client’s Revegetation Plan or the 2010 Reclamation Criteria. There are many factors that influence the success of seedling establishment including summer and fall moisture conditions, the amount of snow cover in the early years, and the amount of competing vegetation.
Boreal can provide post planting evaluations and recommendations for any remedial action to ensure successful reforestation establishment.