Women Woodland Owners' Chainsaw Safety

Event Date
Women Woodland Owners Chainsaw Safety

Dates: June 5, 2021 and June 6, 2021
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (each day)
Location: Society for the Protection of NH Forest, 54 Portsmouth Concord, N.H.


tish carr, tish carr consulting LLC
Karin Bothwell, University of Maine at Orono
Kirk Niese, Niese Forest Works

This two-day course is specially designed for women by women with insight and experience in educational programs for women. No experience is necessary though this course is also an effective refresher for more experienced individuals who have developed some bad habits with a saw. This is the gateway course to learning more advanced practices.

The focus of this course is overwhelmingly on safety: safe posture, safe practices, safe clothing, safe habits. The first half day session will be mostly indoors as we provide some basic information about chainsaws, maintenance, safety clothing, introduce you to good practices, and provide relevant background material. The second day is intended to be a full day of practice and application.

Our goal is that each student will leave the course being keenly aware of how to evaluate practices, and equipment for safety. It is also our goal that each student will have the opportunity to operate a chainsaw in a controlled and supervised setting. Most students in the course will practice starting a saw, making straight up-and-down cuts (bucking), felling a tree, and bore cuts. Students’ interests and aptitude always dictate the extent of the course. Some students will practice directional tree felling techniques, if they feel comfortable doing so.

We are not providing lodging as part of the program, but there is lodging nearby for those who wish to stay overnight. Please bring a water bottle, a lunch, and any snacks you may need. Please check the website for more details: www.nhtoa.org.

Space: Limited to 15 participants, pre-registration required.

Special COVID-19 Safety Precautions: Program will be limited to 15 participants, with social-distancing and masks required. The entire program will be held outdoors. Participants will be required to complete a simple online health screening before leaving home. Additional information will be sent upon registration.


What to bring: Please bring any PPE you might have: helmet, eye protection, ear protection, steel-toe boots and chaps and if you have a chainsaw please bring it. We will have some PPE. Please do not buy items if you do not already own them. Please bring a face mask, water, snacks, and sturdy footwear. Due to COVID-19 protocols there will be no sharing of equipment, food or drink between participants.

$125 NHTOA Members / $150 Non-Member

For more information call NHTOA office at (603) 224-9699. To register, please complete the registration form: