Woman’ Basic Chainsaw Safety and Operation workshop

June 17, 2022 @ 8:00 am – June 18, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests
54 Portsmouth Street
Concord NH
$150 NHTOA members, $175 non members
New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association
603 229-9699

Woman in the Woods will hold a two-day Woman’ Basic Chainsaw Safety and Operation workshop on June 17th & 18th  from 8 am to 4 pm at the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests in Concord NH.

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.

Instructors for this workshop are:

Tish Carr, Tish Carr Consulting, Certified Arborist

Wendy Weisiger, Managing Forester, Society fo the Protection of NH Forests

Michael Gagnon, Forestry Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension

Space: Limited to 15 participants, pre-registration required.

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.

Cost of this workshop is $150 for NHTOA members; $175.00 for non-members

To register for this workshop go to Woman’ Basic Chainsaw Safety and Operation (nhtoa.org)