Tree-planting, a staple of the summer job market for students, is disappearing

A summer job for students that has become as iconic as the loon and beaver may be going the way of the $2 bill.

Summer tree-planting jobs that helped put thousands of Canadian students through school for decades are declining because of a slack U.S. housing market and pine beetle damage to West Coast forests.

That means fewer jobs for students this summer and lower pay for those who do manage to find work among the mosquitoes, pine and spruce.