Women's Chainsaw Safety Workshop, Bridgton, ME

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 08:00 to Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 16:00

Register today! Participation is limited to 15 people.

Location: Lakes Environmental Association230 Main Street, Bridgton, ME 04009
Cost: $100 (scholarships available from Women of the Maine Outdoors)
Food: Please come prepared with all the food and water you will need.
Lodging: On your own. There are several options in Bridgton, starting at about $95/night. Availability is tight for this weekend, so find your accomodations early if you need them. No lodging is included with the event registration or on the event site.

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This two-day course chainsaw safety course designed for women. Most participants will 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 (8:00-12:00) will be mostly indoors as the leaders provide some basic information about chainsaws, maintenance, and safety clothing, introduce participants to good practices, and provide relevant background material. Attendees will have time in the afternoon to visit a local saw shop to obtain any safety equipment they may need. The second day (8:00-4:00) is intended to be a full day of practice and application.

The goal is that each student will leave the course being keenly aware of how to evaluate practices, and equipment for safety. It is also a 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 downed wood), 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.

For more information, please contact Amanda Mahaffey (amanda@forestguild.org, 207-432-3701).