Hello All Planters and Management,
This is an Official Summit statement, as of Monday March 23, 2020 4:00 PM, regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our operations and how we are working towards solutions, which involve a structured delay as well as an COVID-19 isolation plan, camp plan, response plan and operation plan.
We are officially delaying the start of the SUMMIT planting season by two weeks in order to give us adequate time for appropriate preparation. All training will also be delayed by two weeks. This allows us the time needed to implement the necessary step changes for our camp isolation protocol. Contractors and licensees are working together to create a safe coordinated start for the 2020 planting season.
Over the past 2 weeks, we have been working to adapt our season based on the situation unfolding in British Columbia and Nationwide. Each day our plan is evolving as we receive new information, and we will continue to adapt moving forward.
We are developing COVID19 guidelines to structure our systems and camps so that our employees are properly cared for. Mobilizing for work will involve diligent protocols, which are being developed and reviewed through the WFCA (Western Forest Contractors Association), The Northern Health Authority, The Health Minister and The Forest Minister.
While remaining in camp for longer stretches will protect our employees, it will also protect local communities. We are working hard to properly implement plans for these new challenges, and we are looking at how it will affect even the smallest of details: laundry services, food delivery, obtaining and supplying planter specific items, and external exposure to camp. Additionally, we are creating an environment in the camp that is both safe and comfortable for extended periods of time. We are all in this together and we must ensure that we have the safest and most effective plan possible prior to moving into the season.
We ask our employees to NOT TRAVEL during this time, both for your safety and so that you are not mobilizing from your homes with so much National uncertainty. We are 100% dedicated to securing our season, and we ask everyone to be patient and ready to plant as we work through these unprecedented conditions.
This is an easy decision to make as it allows us the time to create the best environment for a safe and successful season. We will be adapting our plan daily to reflect the current situation with the goal of keeping our employees and communities safe and healthy. Let’s keep moving forward and we will get through this together. Let’s get prepared and ready to plant some trees.
We will be issuing daily statements, on our Web Page, FB, Chat channel #36, and via email to all management. In addition, we invite all planters or anyone with questions to reach out and contact us directly for additional information and questions.
Tim, Jason, Mat