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THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND THE US IMMIGRATION SERVICE IS "HOLDING UP" VISAS FOR CHESNUT FORESTRY AND FOR MANY
OTHER COMPANIES. OUR APPLICATION WAS SUBMITTED CORRECTLY AND WITH ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTATION
SIX MONTHS AGO.
SEVERAL INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES HAVE APPROACHED SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN IN WASHINGTON TO COMPLAIN ABOUT WHAT
THESE AGENCIES ARE DOING.
HICCUPS LIKE THESE ARE NOT UNEXPECTED, AND THEY HAPPEN, COINCIDENTALLY, NEARLY EVERY ELECTION YEAR. BUT THE DOL IS, IN
EFFECT, REWRITING THE RULES OF THE H2B VISA PROGRAM THEN CLAIMING APPLICANTS LIKE OURSELVES ARE "NON COMPLIANT" AND IS
FLAT OUT IGNORING THEIR OWN DEADLINES AND (SUPPOSED) RULES.
WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO GET OUR WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY SO WE CAN PLANT TREES. WE HAVE OVER 6000 ACRES TO
PLANT, AND SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF FOUR MILLION TREES TO PLANT!!!
YOU CAN HELP US ALL BY CONTACTING YOUR LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWMAKERS AND EXPRESS TO THEM HOW IMPORTANT THE
H2B VISA PROGRAM IS--ESPECIALLY FOR FORESTRY. TELL THEM NOT TO LUMP THE HOTEL WORKER, CHICKEN PLANT WORKER, OR
OTHER NON-AGRICULTURAL MIGRANT WORKERS INTO THE SAME CATEGORY AS FORESTRY--
WE ARE NOT TAKING JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS...THESE MEN ARE
DOING THE JOBS THAT AMERICANS ARE TOO LAZY TO DO!
a LOT has happened.
First, we are plugging along as quickly as we can
with two good crews. We should be finishing up
with one client around Calhoun and one crew will
start on other clients in Murray County, GA on
Sunday, and the second crew will start on other
clients in Bartow County Tues or Wed. We will
then likely move the crews to piedmont and hit all
the tracts in the Summerville, Centre, Piedmont,
Tallapoosa, Anniston, Gadsden, Oneonta, etc.
areas in a pattern generally east to west. Thank
you all for your patience.
Note I said two crews, not three as mentioned in
earlier updates. One crew which came in thursday
last week decided to leave friday because their
boss, not the crew or the crew leader, but their
boss all the way in Arkansas, was unhappy with my
quality assessment after the first day and instead
of allowing me to help tweak the crew and help
them improve, he decided my standards were too
high and they literally ran away from me and you
So, if ever a question of Chesnut Forestry's
commitment to quality should arise, remember this
time when a company, which apparently plants for
many clients throughout the southeast, and has
done so for many years tucked tail and ran away
rather than plant to a higher standard. Makes you
wonder just how badly his clients elsewhere are
being served, and how long they have been served
Meanwhile, my visas have FINALLY been approved,
which means any day now, we should start getting
my men in the country and we will slide in to the
planting sequence as quickly as we can. I cannot
tell you right now when that will be, but if
everything goes like it can, we could be finished
planting by the end of March, which should be just
WE ARE STILL PLUGGING ALONG...
Below is a list of the tracts we have to do. As you can see, it's not as simple as
just getting the crew, loading up some trees and going somewhere. Nope.
We have around 35 clients, scattered throughout 15 counties in two states, using
six different tree types from four different nurseries. So, a lot of coordination
must take place.
Right now, the plan is to try to plant all the tree type C and some of type D , split
the two crews and plant Type A's in cherokee, walker, and dekalb with one crew,
the Georgia tracts, and cleburne type a's with the other. The type E and F trees
are containerized, and because they are, can be planted later (or earlier) in the
seasons. So, we will plant them last.
We're planting about 80,000 trees per day when we can move quickly without
delays or snares. So, you can see, we still have a ways to go.
I will let each and every one of you know as soon as I do when we are
approaching your tracts. Thank you for your continued patience.
bOTH CREWS WILL FINALLY BE COALESCING IN
PIEDMONT TONIGHT. WE WILL NOW BE ABLE
TO FINISH TWO TRACTS NEAR CEDARTOWN,
THEN SWING TO JACKSONVILLE/ANNISTON,
THEN TO GADSDEN, THEN TO ONEONTA.
Believe it or not, I can see the "finish line".
Here is a tract sequence possibility:
Interplants (if we can still get trees and conditions