Planting slang.

Here is a fun list of tree planting specific terms that may help you rookies decipher a sentence like “There’s cream behind that slash pile, now get your ass out of the crummy and POUND!”

This list has been straight plagiarized from T. Colin Strong’s study on the tree planting specific lexicon that we all know and use, despite the bewilderment of our non-planter friends.

The whole paper can be read here.

1) easy-to-plant land? cream

2) difficult-to-plant land? shit, schnarb

3) the debris left on the ground after logging? slash, sticks, litter

4) the land on which you plant trees? block, piece

5) the layer of moss and twigs above the soil? duff

6) vegetation on the land you plant? green, natural

7) dark, wet soil? organic

8 ) sandier soil? mineral

9) ground left just as it was after it was logged? raw, unscarified

10) the person who runs a single crew? foreman, crew boss

11) the person who runs a group of crews? supervisor

12) someone who plants many trees a day? highballer

13) a first-time planter? rookie

14) an experienced treeplanter? vet

15) the vehicle that brings you to and from your worksite? crummy

16) what you use to carry the trees while planting? bags

17) where you do Number Two in camp. shitter

18 ) painful afflictions of the hand? the claw

19) numbness in the foot? Christmas toe

20) trees that come with exposed roots? bare root

21) where you store trees during the day? cache

22) the bag from which you pull trees while planting? draw bag, trigger

23) rolls of long, thin fluorescent plastic strips? flagging tape

24) a bent root? j-root

25) when trees arrive in the box with bent roots? nub

26) trees that come encased in dirt, with minimal root exposure? plug

27) the truck in which trees are stored? reefer

28 ) a poorly planted tree? slut

29) single-person, four-wheeled off-road vehicles? quad

30) where you get and eat your food in camp? mess tent

31) the act of planting a line away from the existing line of trees? ghost lining

32) planting as hard as you can? pounding

33) the start-of-contract morning meeting with mill representatives? pre-work

34) redoing work due to poor quality? replanting

35) the action of kicking away debris to clear the ground? screefing

36) hiding or throwing away trees? stashing


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