KELT offers Chainsaw Training for Women- May 11

Posted April 29, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Location: Sewall Woods Preserve, Whiskeag Road and High Street, Bath, ME

For more information: Becky Kolak; 442-8400; kennebecestuary.org/stewardship-workshops-2013

BATH- The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) invites women to join veteran wood cutter and part time logger, John Cullen, to learn the operation and maintenance of chainsaws on Saturday, May 11 from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Participants will meet and venture through Sewall Woods Preserve in Bath to practice the infield application of using a chainsaw.

This introductory class is designed for women. The class will cover Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), proper starting technique, proper filing technique, reactive forces of the saw, bucking, compression and tension (how not to bind up your saw), home owner maintenance, bore cut and open face notch, and tools of the trade.

All students must have a helmet with eye and ear protection, chainsaw chaps, and steel toed boots. Some PPE will be available to share- spare helmet and set of chaps. Students are encouraged to bring everything and anything they have- saws, tools, files, etc. so that Cullen can take a look and share ideas on equipment use and upkeep.

The training is $55 per person and includes a picnic lunch in the field. Due to the limited class size, registration is required by May 7 to Becky Kolak at bkolak@kennebecestuary.org or 442-8400. The workshop fee is due at the time of registration. The rain date for this event is May 12th.

John Cullen, retired from Bowdoin College and a teacher for five years with the Certified Logging Program, has been cooking and heating with wood since 1979. Self taught with a chainsaw until he took formal chainsaw training over a decade ago, he was amazed at how much there was to learn even after 20 years of experience as a wood cutter and part time logger. John is active with MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) in the Low Impact Forestry Program.

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported organization dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of the Kennebec Estuary. It holds easements on 2,000+ acres of private land and maintains eight preserves for public enjoyment. FMI contact www.kennebecestuary.org or call (207) 442-8400.