Women's Chainsaw Safety & Maintenance Workshop- FULL

Registration is closed. Please email signup@forestsociety.org to be added to the wait list.

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

Dates: Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (each day)

Location: Society for the Protection of NH Forests' Conservation Center, 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord NH

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

Registration is closed.  Please email signup@forestsociety.org to be added to the wait list.

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 entry-level course for learning about chainsaws and how to safely start and operate them. 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 wear: helmet, eye protection, ear protection, hard-toe (steel or composite) 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 do have 10 sets of gear to loan; please contact Wendy Weisiger in advance to reserve equipment. We cannot provide boots.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, coffee mug, and lunch for each day.
*The Forest Society is dedicated to reducing waste and ask that all participants bring refillable coffee mugs and water bottles.  We will provide coffee, water, and snacks!

"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 and gender nonconforming landowners and land managers with the resources, skills, and community they need to make informed stewardship decisions that promote healthy forest resources.

Fee: $150 Forest Society members; $175 not-yet-members

Want to learn more?

Conservation Center

54 Portsmouth Street
ConcordMerrimack County, New Hampshire 03301