Don’t Thank Me for Being a Tree Planter

By Alana Friend Lettner
The Tyee
November 2, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The longer I do this work, the more I’m convinced its green public image is undeserved. I began tree planting seven years ago when I was 24. …Five seasons later, I can say with some confidence that I know what it is I’m doing out there, on the block. Like the loggers employed by Conifex or Canfor, like the labourers working on the Site C dam or Teck Coal miners, I, too, am making a living off the exploitation of the land. Speaking about our complicity in resource extraction, a planter friend once remarked to me: “If I had to choose, I’d rather be planting trees than cutting them down.” I’m not sure there is much good in differentiating these acts; the way I see it, planting and logging are two sides of the same coin.

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