The two-day workshop was held in early November at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in Concord. It was led by Wendy Weisiger, Managing Forester for the Forest Society, Consultant and certified arborist Tish Carr, and Mike Gagnon, Hillsborough County Extension Forester. Fifteen participants including landowners, natural resources professionals, and volunteers from across New Hampshire and New England gathered for the introductory course. In a pre-workshop survey, most participants noted having less than one-year of experience or no experience using a chainsaw prior to the course. Several attendees noted that they felt uncomfortable or nervous handling a chainsaw safely and hoped to walk away from the workshop feeling more comfortable and confident.
The focus of this workshop was on safety: safe posture, safe practices, safe clothing, and safe habits. The first day focused on safety gear, parts of a chainsaw and function, chainsaw safety features, basic saw maintenance, and introduction to proper and safe operation. On day two, participants had the opportunity to practice chainsaw use in a safe, controlled, and supervised environment. Participants practiced basic chainsaw operation, safe movement and operation, making straight up and down cuts, limbing, bore cutting methods, and tension and compression wood.
Building Skills & Confidence: Chainsaw Safety & Operation for Women is written by aew84 for extension.unh.edu