This introductory two-day in-person field course is suitable for new or beginning chainsaw operators. Topics to be covered include personal protective equipment (PPE), saw operation and maintenance, filing, reactive forces, open-faced notch and bore cutting. The morning of Day 1 will be spent learning chainsaw basics and proper PPE. In the afternoon, we will move to the woods to practice bucking and open-faced notch and bore cutting. Day 2 will be spent all in the woods with hands on-practice.
MOFGA’s Low-Impact forestry workshops are not designed to meet certification requirements for other agencies’ programs. We recommend you contact the agency in question to confirm whether a particular training fulfills specific pre-requisites.
Lodging and Meals:
MOFGA and LEA are not able to provide overnight accommodations for this course. We also ask that participants bring their own lunch and snacks each day.
Safety & Materials:
All participants must wear steel-toed boots. We can provide chainsaws and personal protective equipment (chaps, hard hats, etc.) for participants to share, but this is a great opportunity for you to become more familiar with your saw and equipment and we encourage you to bring your own saw and any equipment that you use in the woods. Please note, we do not allow the use of battery-powered or electric chainsaws during the course. Students will use the instructor’s saw if their saw does not pass a safety inspection.