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Chainsaw Skills Workshop

Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:30pm

In-person class at BBG

Are you interested in learning to use a chainsaw but feel intimidated to do so? This workshop taught by certified arborist Melissa LeVangie is designed for the novice to beginner chainsaw operator who wishes to gain greater confidence with this powerful tool. The class will combine lecture and hands-on learning. Topics will include personal protective equipment, the anatomy of a chainsaw, reactive forces, basic chainsaw maintenance and additional tools for use with a chainsaw. Techniques will include holding and starting a saw, hazard ID, escape options, log analysis (binds), planning cuts, overall plan and bucking and limbing. Attendees will cut logs on the ground and/or elevated on sawhorses and will leave with a better understanding of the safety features of a chainsaw and able to operate a chainsaw based on safety fundamentals. No experience necessary. Note: Equipment will be provided; if you have your own chainsaw or personal protective equipment, please bring it with you. Dress and prepare for the weather including long sleeves, pants and boots. Bring a bag lunch.

Melissa LeVangie, Certified Arborist (MCA, ISA, NH) CTSP is a passionate educator about trees, tree care and tree climbing who has been in the industry for 20 years. She holds numerous professional certifications, including an ISA Certified Arborist, an ISA Tree Climbing Specialist, a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and TCIA Certified Tree Safety Professional credentials. She is a past president of MA Tree Wardens & Foresters Association and of the New England Chapter of ISA, a co-founder of the WTCW (Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop) and the educational director and a business development advocate for Shelter Tree/RBI, a premier arborist equipment supplier. Formerly, Melissa conducted climbing inspections for Asian Longhorned Beetle for the USDA and DCR in Worcester, MA.

Advance registration is required.

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