Chainsaw Safety Class
Published on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Education, News & Updates, Safety
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Chainsaw Safety Class For Trail Stewards

May 30-31, 2015 9am-4pm at Bridgewater State University

June 27-28, 2015 9am-4pm at Notchview Reservation, Windsor, MA.

This class is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB) and the Recreational Trails Program, in partnership with Conservation Works LLC. and Northeast Forest and Fire Management LLC.

This two day class is designed for volunteer and professional trail stewards who will be assisting in trail cleanup efforts after major storm events. Participants will learn basic chainsaw maintenance skills, the value of essential safety equipment and procedures, and proper techniques for safely using chainsaws for removing storm debris off of public trails. Participants will also come away with a greater respect for the power and danger of storm damaged trees, and will understand most importantly what trees to stay away from.

All attendees must show up with the following equipment: Full length chaps, steel toed boots, hard hat with face shield, safety glasses, ear protection, leather gloves, weather appropriate clothing, water, snacks, and lunch for both days. Please bring a chainsaw if you have one, bar oil, mixed fuel, any maintenance tools you have, as well as felling wedges. All equipment will be inspected for functionality and will be used with instructor approval only. Please contact the instructor with any questions about equipment before the class.

INSTRUCTOR: Walker Korby – Northeast Forest and Fire Management LLC.: Email Walker Korby

Participant registration costs $50. Register online here or ask questions by emailing Email Walker Korby or by calling 413–834-4269: Email is preferred. Payment by check is required to finalize registration. Checks are to be made out to Northeast Forest and Fire Management and mailed to 29 Moody Dr., Sandwich, MA 02563. Registration will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Participants in this course must be affiliated with or participate in trail maintenance and stewardship organizations and activities, such as the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts. Participants will be asked to sign a pledge form agreeing to perform 10 hours of maintenance activities on publicly–accessible trails within Massachusetts and mail it in with their registration fee.

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