Dry conditions are presenting challenges for the reforestation work of dozens of treeplanters working in the Burns Lake region in May. “It’s drier than normal this year,” as Earl Hughes, owner of forestry service company Waterside Ventures told Lakes District News. “If it stays dry the soils compact and it’s harder to put the shovel in the ground. It’s not too bad right now because we still have moisture from the winter.” The reforestation effort in the Nadina District will see more than 16 million seedlings planted this year, said Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) spokesperson Dawn Makarowski. …For the May-June contract period, Hughes’ company of 50-60 planters is scheduled to plant 3 million trees, mostly pine and spruce and some fir and larch.
By Blair McBride