Every spring, faculty from the Department of Forest Resources and the Forestry Club offer Chainsaw Usage and Safety Training. While the class does not result in official certification, it is targeted at students with little or no experience operating chainsaws who want to become familiar with their use in a safe and non-intimidating environment. Topics covered include:
- personal protective equipment and safe work habits
- chainsaw design, maintenance, and care
- cutting techniques for basic use
- overview of tree felling techniques
This year, the training will be offered Saturday April 8 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. The course will start with in-classroom training in 19 Green Hall, followed by a practical skills application outdoors. Students should wear warm clothes, sturdy boots, glasses, and gloves. The Forestry Club supports the course by providing saws, protective chaps, hard hats, and hearing protection.
Only the first 16 people will be guaranteed a space in the course, and a waiting list will be created if demand exceeds 16. To sign up, visit the Department of Forest Resources in 115 Green Hall or by calling 612-624-3400. All participants should complete a release of liability form and submit when signing up.