Chainsaw Safety: Level 1

Hidden Valley Nature Center | Sat, Oct 23 - Sun, Oct 24 | 18+


Time: Sat, Oct 23 - Sun, Oct 24, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center


This one-and-a-half day course is designed for beginners. 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 Level I students will practice directional tree felling techniques, if they feel comfortable doing so.

Course runs from 8 am- 12 pm Saturday and 8 am-4 pm on Sunday.

Rain dates: Oct. 30-31

HVNC is not providing overnight accommodations as a part of this workshop, but we do have primitive cabins and camping available for rent. Students should come prepared with all the food and water they will need.

$ 130 Midcoast Conservancy and MOFGA Members
$ 150 Non-Member
Room for 13 participants