Hi Uncle Mervyn,
Dad had mentioned you were curious about what I was doing as a forest tech here in BC, especially with the winter work. I was away last week for work outside of Clearwater, several hours north of Kamloops where we are living at the moment.
The image below was grabbed off my phone with my work site location shown in blue:
I’m doing field work exclusively at the moment, with a range of tasks including forest measurements, ecosystem classification, timber reconnaissance, road planning and layout, and cut block planning and layout.
I took a quick video on my phone in the bush to give you a sense of where I work and how I get to work every day in the winter. Unfortunately I held my phone upright instead of sideways so the framing is awkward. I’m also coming off a bit serious, mostly because I’m alone in the woods, awkwardly talking to an electronic device, haha :
Our trucks are pretty good in the snow and we can drive any forest service road that is currently being plowed. A lot of roads are left unplowed over the winter though so our only option is to head in by snowmobile.
This is a shot my coworker took after we had driven up to our work site the other morning. Most days we double up, with one of us driving and the other sitting behind them. You can just make out our snowshoes tied on the back with blue and orange ribbon.
We either load the sleds on a sled deck mounted on the back of the truck, or onto a trailer that we pull behind. Last week we were using a truck without a sled deck so we pulled the sleds in a trailer. That’s one of my coworkers posing nicely for you after loading up a sled at the end of the day.
Only the entry to this road had been plowed so we left our truck just off the highway at the bottom of the East Mad FSR (Forest Service Road).
Next week we are working in a new area north of Kamloops. Since we haven’t been there yet, we don’t know which roads are currently drive-able. We’ll just have to drive as far as we can by truck and then drop the sleds and find our way by map from there.
Counting the weeks ’till spring!!!