Minnesota Women's Woodland Network's Women's Chainsaw Safety Workshop

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Minnesota Women's Woodland Network's Women's Chainsaw Safety Workshop

Beginners welcome! Come learn chainsaw safety and maintenance, what safety gear is needed, and what to look for when buying a chainsaw.

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Northfield area To be provided after payment. Northfield area, MN 55088

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About this event

Cost: $175, can be paid by check or using Eventbrite. Payments are needed before the event to secure your spot. Payment is refundable until October 10. After this deadline, your payment is not refundable and will be donated to MNWWN.

The Minnesota Women's Woodland Network (MNWWN) is hosting a workshop will be geared towards participants with little or no experience with a chainsaw or those that are looking to become trainers for future chainsaw safety workshops. The principle focus will be on safety; safe posture, safe practices, safe clothing and safe habits. This workshop will empower women to be comfortable with running a saw and saw knowledge.

About the instructor: tish is a licensed forester and licensed arborist in Maine and a licensed arborist in Connecticut.  She is also a certified arborist with the International Society of Arborists (ISA) and TRAQ certified with ISA.  tish has been working with chain saws over 40 years and has seen many improvements in saw design and techniques.  She has been helping to teach women-only classes in Maine the last 20 years.  The last five years she has traveled to New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New Mexico (once!) to help train, teach and empower women in safe saw handling, proper PPE and saw techniques. When tish is not teaching chainsaw classes, she is the Executive Director for Wabanaki Youth in Science (WaYS) and teaches community forestry and arboriculture at the local college and university.  Her "downtime" is spent outside with her pup or riding her horse.

Sessions will include:

  • Personal Protective Equipment review
  • Other safety equipment
  • Buying and maintaining a saw
  • Demonstrations of safe felling techniques
  • Hands-on opportunity for supervised, safe practice
  • Assessing the safety of the cuts
  • Answers to your chainsaw questions!

This will be a two day workshop from 8:30 - 4 pm on Friday and Saturday.

For those with more experience who are interested in becoming a trainer for future chainsaw workshops, we will have an additional evening class on Thursday for no additional charge. This course is only available for those with more chainsaw experience who would like to become instructors. Please select on the registration form that you are interested in this additional training.

Lodging and food is not provided. Camping on-site is available for those who would like to bring a tent or RV. More information will be provided upon registering. Please let us know ASAP if you would prefer the camping option so we can accommodate accordingly.

If you have your own chaps, helmet and chainsaw, please bring them to the workshop. A limited supply of these items will be available to use for those who do not have their own equipment

Address will be provided to those who register.

Space is limited to 15 so register early!

For questions, please email info@mnwwn.org with Chainsaw Workshop in the subject.