PUTNEY, Vt. – The Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District and the Windham Regional Woodlands Association are sponsoring a Game of Logging Level I workshop for women Sunday, Sept. 29 in Putney, Vt. This session, for women only, provides an opportunity to learn how to operate a chainsaw and safely fell a tree.
This program is designed for novice to advanced chainsaw users who have never had formal training. Novices develop safe and productive habits from the start, while experienced chainsaw users improve their skills and “unlearn” bad habits and unsafe techniques. The “game” refers not only to the friendly competitive aspect of the training, but also to the necessity of having a winning plan or strategy for felling trees and working safely. The program breaks apart saw work into steps that are practiced throughout the course. A fun scoring system helps focus participants’ attention on the most important details and allows them to measure their progress.
By listening to explanations, watching demonstrations, and then practicing techniques, participants come away with better work habits and greater confidence in their ability to safely fell trees and work in the woods.