About us

about

background

Treeline Reforestation, which operates mainly as a tree planting company, is currently owned by previous tree planters who took over the business in 2007. At that time, the company was planting approximately 3 million trees in Northeastern Ontario. Since then, the company has more than tripled in size.

Since 1989, Treeline Reforestation has planted over 145 million trees in Northern Ontario. Our most recent planting seasons have consisted of:

    • 13 million trees in the spring/fall of 2016
    • 10 million trees in the spring/fall of 2015
    • 10 million trees in the spring/fall of 2014
    • 10.2 million trees in the spring of 2013
    • 9.8 million trees in the spring of 2012
    • 7.5 million trees in the spring of 2011

2017 will mark the 21st year that Treeline will be planting in Northeastern Ontario. With over twenty-five years in the industry, we offer the security and experience of an  established company, while maintaining the "team-like" atmosphere of a smaller company. An ongoing aim of Treeline Reforestation is to maintain a safe working environment with positive camp morale while providing a promising opportunity for making lots of money.

At Treeline Reforestation we encourage people to “Live the Adventure” not just to “endure” the conditions.

Tree planting is a tough job, but anyone can do it. If you are visiting this web site and considering tree planting for the first time, there are some definite things you should ask yourself first and seriously consider. This type of job cannot compare to anything else, and it is an incredibly difficult job; BUT, it is extremely rewarding on many levels and there is the potential to make a lot of money!

team

 

Kevin Hakojarvi
Owner

Kevin started out as a planter in 1999 with Treeline Reforestation. Over the years, he has filled a variety of positions including being a foreman, tree runner, a cook and a supervisor. In 2007, he successfully took over the business (with his wife) and since then has continued to be involved with day to day field operations. His past consists of a rich diversity of work and study which mainly consists of: Biology, Theatre and Forestry.

 

Melissa Hakojarvi
Owner

Melissa started out as a planter in 1999 with Treeline Reforestation. Over the years, she spent many seasons planting competitively, and working as a foreman while travelling and studying (B.Sc.H., B.Ed.). In 2007, she successfully took over the business (with her husband). Since then, and currently, she looks after a large portion of the administrative responsibilities for the business.

 

Tyler Kinghorn
Operations Manager

Tyler started out as a tree planter with Treeline Reforestation in 2002. Taking a hiatus from planting in 2004, he returned to Treeline in 2010 and has been with the company since. He began supervising at Treeline in 2012 and currently maintains the position of operations manager (and camp supervisor during the spring and fall tree planting contracts).

 

Damien Villard
Supervisor

Damien began as a tree planter with Treeline Reforestation in 2000 and returned every year succeeding that, as a highly competitive tree planter. He began working as a foreman in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he filled the role of a supervisor and has returned since then to fill that position.

 

Tony Dobbyn
Shop Manager/Field Technician

Tony started out as a tree planter during the spring tree planting contract of 2006 and returned for two more seasons (2007 and 2008). After missing the 2009 season, he returned in 2010 and now currently works for Treeline Reforestation permanently. He works as a tree runner (during the tree planting season), as well as camp mechanic/shop manager.

bush-camps

campIn order to have a successful tree planting operation in remote locations, it is vital that fully operational bush camps exist for employees to live in for the duration of the tree planting contract. These bush camps must be fully capable of providing a living location ‘off the grid’ from towns, cities or even small villages. Since the actual work sites (planting areas) are usually very remote, it is necessary for employees to live in a bush camp whereby they can commute on a daily basis to and from the work site. These bush camps are always located near a body of water (river or lake, for example) whereby water is ‘drawn’ to be utilized in the bush camp. The water goes through a UV filtration system and is tested regularly (both by local laboratories and the health unit) throughout the planting contract to ensure that it is drinkable.

Employees are responsible for their own ‘sleeping’ arrangements. Usually, tree planters have a personal tent, but some have a small trailer, or even sleep in a camper van. There are often many good locations around camp that individuals can set up a tent for the duration of the planting contract.

Generally, a bush camp will possess these types of equipment (numbers may vary, depending on how many employees are ‘living’ at the bush camp):

 

Mess Tent – a tent whereby employees can eat, and hang out away from bugs and the ‘elements’; located in the tent are tables, a stove for warmth, health & safety board and employee information and sometimes (if you are lucky!) a TV.

 

Dry Tent – a tent which is used to dry wet clothes/boots.

 

Kitchen Trailer – where cooks prepare hot meals for employees (breakfast and supper).

 

Shower Trailer – a trailer where employees can take a shower or wash up at the end of the workday.

 

Outhouses – no explanation needed!

 

Generator/Inverter – off limits to employees (except designated management members) – provides the main source of electricity to the bush camp. Electricity is needed to provide lighting in the trailers and mess tent/dry tent, charge batteries for necessary communication (management only) and use of some equipment in the kitchen. Unfortunately, tree planters do not have access to ‘charge’ personal electronics (they must find other solutions).

 

Company Vehicles: located in the bush camp, mostly at the end of a work day or before a work day begins, are buses, trucks, and ATVs. These vehicles are parked in a designated location within the bush camp – and are also off limits to tree planters (only management members have access to these vehicles).

 

Bush camps tend to provide a bonding atmosphere for employees while they live together and work together for a tree planting contract. We ask that everyone respect each other’s personal belongings and work together in achieving a common goal: to make money!!

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