Chainsaw safety course at Hidden Valley Nature Center

Chainsaw safety class
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Chainsaw safety class
Posted Sept. 16, 2011, at 10:27 a.m.

JEFFERSON — Spend a day and a half on consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 15 (9 .m.-12:30 p.m.) and Oct. 22 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), learning about chainsaw safety, what safety gear is needed and what to look for when buying a chainsaw. The course will be taught at Hidden Valley Nature Center.

Students will be shown both the obvious and some of the hidden hazards involved when operating a chainsaw. Experienced instructors are Pete Tracy, Licensed Forester and Certified Logging Professional Instructor and Tish Carr, Licensed Forester and Licensed Arborist.

Participants will also get some hands on experience bucking and felling small trees safely. On the second day they will go into the woods to experience practical applications for beginning chainsaw owners. Students will be given the opportunity to fell trees using the “bore-cut” technique and to “buck up” firewood.

Personal protective equipment is required for the second class. This includes chaps, eye protection and steel toed boots. Chainsaw, chaps, and safety equipment will for sale at reduced prices on the first day. Some gear may also be available to borrow.

The fee for the class is $110 ($100 for HVNC supporters). HVNC’s overnight facilities are available at reduced rates. The course is co-sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and some scholarships are available by contacting amarshall@mofga.org. No previous is experience necessary for this workshop and while technical, it will be low-stress and supportive. HVNC’s overnight facilities are available at reduced rates.

Hidden Valley Nature Center is a non-profit organization with nearly 1000 acres of diverse habitat, many small ponds and vernal pools, miles of trails, and a range of low-impact sustainable forestry projects. It is dedicated to providing nature based educational and non-motorized recreational opportunities to the community throughout the year. Fall is the perfect time for a visit. For more information or to register visit www.hvnc.org or contact Gary at 586-6752 or gary@hvnc.org.

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