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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.
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
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.
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
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.
Session One: Saturday, April 17th 9am-4pm
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.
Session One: Sunday, April 18th 9am-4pm
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.
“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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Optional equipment includes:
If you have any questions concerning the course, equipment, specifics about registration or anything else, please contact Daniel McRae via email (email@example.com) 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (902)651-2575.