Women's Chainsaw Safety

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 08:00 to Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 16:00

Register today - limited to 13 participants
Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Rd, Jefferson, ME 04348
$180, lodging and food not included. 

This two day course is designed for women. Most participants have little or no experience with a chainsaw. This 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 is overwhelmingly on safety: safe posture, safe practices, safe clothing, safe habits. 

Day one, indoor topics include basic information about:

  • chainsaws, 
  • maintenance, 
  • safety clothing, 
  • good practices, and 
  • relevant background material. 

Goal: each student will leave the course being keenly aware of how to evaluate practices and equipment for safety.

Day two is practice and application. Goal: 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. 
  • Some students will practice directional tree felling techniques, if they feel comfortable doing so.

Primitive cabins and camping are available for rent on site. Please bring all the food and water you need. More event and venue details are available via Midcoast Conservancy.