Women-Specific Basic Chainsaw Safety & Operation Class

November 5, 2021 @ 8:30 am – November 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests
34 Portsmouth Street
$125 for SPNHF members, $150 non members
Wendy Weisiger

The Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests and Women in the Woods will hold a two-day Women-Specific Basic Chainsaw Safety & Operation Class on November 5th & 6th in Concord, NH.

The class will be taught by Wendy Weisiger, managing forester at the Society for the Preservation of N.H. Forests; certified arborist Tish Carr from Tish Carr Consulting; and Hillsborough County Forester Mike Gagnon in a special two-day workshop designed especially for women

The class will be held on Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. No chainsaw experience is necessary, though this course is also an excellent refresher for more experienced operators who may not have previously taken a course. This is a gateway course to learning more advanced methods.

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.

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 Wendy Weisiger in advance to inquire about available equipment.

Cost of this workshop is $125 for Forest Society members, $150 for non-members.  Workshop is limited to 15 participants.

For information and to register, go to https://forestsociety.org/event/women-specific-basic-chainsaw-safety-and-operation?mc_cid=ad02664a47&mc_eid=3c5fbf1db3

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.