Chainsaw Safety Training I – IV


Chainsaw Safety Training I – IV

Using a saw safely, thoughtfully, and with confidence.

Chainsaws are dangerous but, when used with proper training, they become an invaluable tool in helping make forests healthier. Our chainsaw safety training courses are perfect for individuals of all skill levels. We teach the most up to date techniques in a safe and inclusive learning environment. By the end of all four levels, students will have learned to work safety and efficiently, and be able to identify and disarm an array of hazards. For our instructors, this is not just a chainsaw course. Our goal is to demonstrate that every felling plan and cut is an opportunity to learn new skills and develop your own informed cutting strategies.


Chainsaw Safety Training I: Safety and Felling

 

Session One: Saturday, March 20th 9am-4pm

Session Two: Saturday, April 3rd 9am-4pm

Session Three: Saturday, October 23rd 9am-4pm

Session Four: Saturday, November 20th 9am-4pm

Cost: $150

The morning is spent introducing chainsaw safety basics. This includes, PPE, first aid preparedness, emergency planning, pre-start checklists and a discussion of wood fibre and tree physiology. In the afternoon we head outside and the participants learn how to develop a felling plan, practice onsite communication and learn to fell using an open face notch and bore-cut. We also use this time to work on important issues, such as, how to deal with by-pass, and develop a safe felling order.


Chainsaw Safety Training II: Maintenance, Bucking and Limbing

 

Session One: Sunday, March 21st 9am-4pm

Session Two: Sunday, Apri 4th, 9am-4pm

Session Three: Sunday, October 24th 9am-4pm

Session Four: Sunday, November 21st 9am-4pm

Cost: $150

We start with chainsaw maintenance. During this time, attendees will get hands-on practice doing daily maintenance with a focus on sharpening. In the afternoon, we head back outside and learn to disarm spring poles, how to develop a limbing plan, and limbing and bucking techniques and strategies.


Chainsaw Safety Training III: Advanced Felling Tactics

 

Session One: Saturday, April 17th 9am-4pm

Cost: $150

The day begins with a quick review of chainsaw safety basics and then a discussion about the different types of hazardous trees and methods for dealing with them. The rest of the day is spent outside. Participants will learn how deal with small diameter back leaners, heavily loaded forward leaning trees and finally how to deal with trees that have been hung up; lifting, rolling, dropping and scissor cuts.


Chainsaw Safety Training IV: Storm Damage

 

Session One: Sunday, April 18th 9am-4pm

Cost: $150

The whole day is spent learning to deal with storm damage. Participants will learn how to deal with dead standing trees, trees that are partially uprooted, trees with broken tops, trees with entangled crowns and more. We will teach simple rigging techniques and how to work safely with ropes and winches.


Testimonial

“I took the spring 2018 Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Course at Macphail Woods. The experience was excellent the instructor, Eric, was patient and calm and I left feeling confident in handling and maintaining the saw. I also felt more at ease with the critical thinking and decision-making aspects of working in the forest. I highly recommend this course to anyone who works in conservation and restoration!”
-Spring 2018 Student

General Information

Each course runs from 9am till 4:00pm each day. Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre which has a small kitchenette with coffee and tea as well as fridge and microwave. Registrations can be done online through our booking system or by phone (902)651-2575 or email (danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org).

Equipment

Optional equipment includes:

  • Chainsaw gloves are entirely optional, they are not required by law but some prefer to wear them.
  • Chainsaw Helmet with ear protection and face shield. We should have enough helmets for participants but we ask that if you have your own please bring them.
  • Bringing your own Chainsaws is not required, we have enough to go around however training on the machine that you’ll be using during your work is recommended, so please bring a saw if available.
  • Sharpening and maintenance gear. We will provide a variety of tools for use but bringing your own is always a good idea

 

Required Equipment:

  • Leg protection that is resistant to chain saw cuts. These pants or chaps include woven kevlar that will stop the chainsaw in the event of an accident.
  • CSA Grade 1 Boots or equivalent; chainsaw boots are recommended.

 

If you have any questions concerning the course, equipment, specifics about registration or anything else, please contact Daniel McRae via email (danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org) or by phone (902)651-2575.


What to Bring
Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks and clothes suited to the weather as courses are primarily outdoors. We do have bathrooms on-site, a small kitchenette for coffee/tea, and a microwave. Although we provide various equipment for each course, bringing your own tools is always welcome and encouraged.

Location
We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

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Cancellations and Refunds
All campers are to be prepaid. However, refunds are accepted up until 2 weeks before the camp date. You will receive a full refund up until a month before the class date. Half the class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

Registrations
All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.


Upcoming Events

Apr
24
Sat
7:30 pm Owl Prowl #4
Owl Prowl #4
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 Owl Prowl Join us for a talk on
May
1
Sat
2:00 pm Landscaping with Native Plants
Landscaping with Native Plants
May 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 Want to spend less time cutting grass and
May
8
Sat
10:00 am Spring walk in the Woods
Spring walk in the Woods
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 Come on a guided walk showcasing spring flowers
May
15
Sat
10:00 am Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 Participants will practice pruning on a variety of
May
22
Sat
10:00 am Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
Creating and Maintaining Hedgero...
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Please Note Due to Covid-19, we are requiring that participants pre-register for all events, including free workshops and walks.
 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org
 Phone: 902-651-2575 This workshop will look at creating diverse, beautiful

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