The Midcoast Conservancy will hold a two-day Women’s Chainsaw Safety Course on Saturday & Sunday, August 11th & 12th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This two day course is designed for women. Most participants have little or no experience with a chainsaw, 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 overwhelmingly on safety: safe posture, safe practices, safe clothing, safe habits. The first half day session will be mostly indoors as we provide some basic information about chainsaws, maintenance, safety clothing, introduce you to good practices, and provide relevant background material. The second day is intended to be a full day of practice and application.
Our goal is that each student will leave the course being keenly aware of how to evaluate practices, and equipment for safety. It is also our goal that each student will have the opportunity to operate a chainsaw in a controlled and supervised setting. Most students in the course will practice starting a saw, making straight up-and-down cuts (bucking), felling a tree, and bore cuts. Students’ interests and aptitude always dictate the extent of the course. Some students will practice directional tree felling techniques, if they feel comfortable doing so.
Cost of the course is $ 150 for Midcoast Conservancy Members, $ 180 for Non-Members. Scholarships are available by contacting Women of the Maine Outdoors, https://womenofthemeoutdoors.com.
For more information, see www.womenowningwoodlands.net/event/womens-chainsaw-safety