Women's Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Workshop- FULL

Women in the Woods - Women's Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance

Dates: Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18

Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (each day)

Location: Society for the Protection of NH Forests, 54 Portsmouth Concord, N.H.

Instructors: Tish Carr, Tish Carr Consulting, Certifide Arborist  Wendy Weisiger, Managing Forester, Society fo the Protection of NH Forests Michael Gagnon, Forestry Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension

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This two-day course is specially designed for women by women with insight and experience in educational programs for women. No experience is necessary though this course is also an effective refresher for more experienced individuals who have developed some bad habits with a saw. This is the gateway course to learning more advanced practices.The focus of this course is on safety: safe posture, safe practices, safe clothing, and safe habits. The first day will focus on safety gear, parts of a chainsaw and function, chainsaw safety features, basic saw maintenance, and introduction to proper and safe operation. The second day will focus on practice and application of basic chainsaw operation, safe movement and operation, making straight up and down cuts, limbing, and tension and compression wood. Students will learn bore cutting methods and see a felling demonstration. The goal of this course is to provide each participant with the tools to evaluate practices and equipment for safety. 

All participants will have the opportunity to practice chainsaw use in a safe, controlled, and supervised environment. This course is designed to provide a classroom where all participants have ample opportunity to ask questions and practice these techniques. The instructors will break groups out based on experience and some participants may have the opportunity to try more advanced techniques depending on their experience level. We are not providing lodging as part of the program, but there is lodging nearby for those who wish to stay overnight. 

What to bring: PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is required. All students must have: helmet, eye protection, ear protection, steel-toe (or composite-toe) boots, and chainsaw chaps. Students should bring their own chainsaws (if they have them) but instructors will provide classroom saws for everyone to use. We have limited gear to loan; please contact Cheri Birch in advance to inquire about available equipment.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, and a lunch for each 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.

Fee: $150 NHTOA members; $175.00 non-members

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