Women in the Woods - Safe Tractor Use in Your Woodlot

Are you a woman woodland owner, aspiring owner or land manager? Do you have a farm tractor that you are thinking about using in the woods? While tractors have their limitations, when equipped properly they can play an important role in working in your woodlot. Join us for an introductory workshop to learn about how you can safely and productively use a farm tractor as a tool in forest management (primarily harvesting firewood). Participants will learn the parts and functions of the tractor and tractor winches. Additional demonstration style instruction will focus on tractor applications, matching tractor size with specific tasks, safety features and practices, attachments, and basic winching and log skidding techniques. Participants will have hands-on opportunity to work with winching logs. We will also discuss tips and techniques to recognize hazards and minimize risks when working with trees.

Meet and share experiences with other women woodland owners and managers while learning from demonstrations and discussions led by our experienced instructors.

Register at the UNH Extension website 

Rain Date:

Saturday, October 22, 2022


Jon Martin, Martin Forestry Consulting & Wendy Weisiger, Society for the Protection of NH Forests

Cost: $25

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. A fee is charged for this program to cover costs. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals unable to pay.
Additional information on the location and where to park will be provided upon registration.

What to bring:

Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for each participant includes: an integrated forestry hardhat (with built in hearing and eye/face protection) or a standard hard hat with separate eye and ear protection, good-fitting leather work gloves (be sure these are snug and not loose fitting), and leather boots with a steel or composite safety toe. We have a limited amount of extra gear to loan, please contact Rebecca DiGirolomo (rebecca.digirolomo@unh.edu) in advance if you are missing the required PPE.

Please bring a water bottle, snacks, and your lunch.

Coffee will be available in the morning, please bring your own coffee mug and water bottle for the day.

Bring a camp chair to sit on during the workshop and lunch.

*Please note that this entire event will be held outdoors, please dress appropriately and bring extra layers as needed. A porta potty will be available on site. The workshop will begin in barn at the parking area of the nursery and then we will caravan a short distance on a well-maintained dirt road to the field site which has ample parking, so you can have access to your vehicle throughout the day.

"Women in the Woods" is a collaboration between UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Timberland Owners Association, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and other partners aimed at connecting women landowners and land managers with the resources, skills, and community they need to make informed stewardship decisions that promote healthy forest resources.

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Co-sponsored by: The Forest SocietyNH Timberland Owner’s Association, and NH Division of Forest and Lands
*Special thank you to the NH State Forest Nursery for hosting this event.

For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact Rebecca DiGirolomo (rebecca.digirolomo@unh.edu) prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to make accommodations.


NH State Forest Nursery

405 Daniel Webster Highway
BoscawenMerrimack County, New Hampshire 03303