Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Chainsaw Safety Training

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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop
Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
$200 | $150 for MOFGA members


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Come learn to safely operate a chainsaw in the woods! This two-day field course is suitable for the aspiring logger, woodlot manager, home firewood producer, and occasional chainsaw user alike. Topics to be covered include personal protective equipment, saw operation and maintenance, filing, reactive forces, open-faced notch, bore cutting, tree felling (with or without wedges), and management of hazard trees and spring poles.

The morning of Day 1 will be spent inside learning chainsaw basics, maintaining saws and bars, and filing chains. In the afternoon, we will move outside to practice bucking and open-faced notch and bore cutting. Day 2 will be spent outdoors. Each student will have the opportunity to fell a tree using the skills and techniques learned in class.

Participants who complete the entire workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Please note:

  • The course takes place outdoors and involves traversing uneven forested terrain by foot. Please wear sturdy footwear and be prepared for all weather conditions. For questions regarding accessibility, please contact at least one week in advance of the workshop.
  • MOFGA's low-impact forestry workshops are not designed to meet certification requirements for other agencies' programs. We recommend that you contact the agency in question to confirm whether a particular training fulfills specific pre-requisites.

Safety & Materials: All participants must wear steel-toed boots and protection for their hands, eyes, and ears. We can provide some chainsaws and personal protective equipment (trousers / chaps, hard hats, etc.) for participants to share. We encourage you to bring your own saw and any equipment that you use in the woods. Students will use instructor's saw if their saw does not pass a safety inspection.

Price: $200 ($150 for MOFGA members). Price is inclusive of housing on Friday night and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on Friday and Saturday. If you will need housing for Thursday night as well (the night before the workshop), just let us know!

Scholarships: We offer partial and full scholarships. If interested, please fill out a scholarship application form by October 1.

Food & Accommodations: Please let us know of any dietary preferences in advance. There is a refrigerator available for storing any food and snacks you'd like to bring as well. Housing is rustic but indoors and offers electricity, heat, hot water, bathrooms and a kitchen. There is a limited number of shared bedrooms (bring your own pillow, linens and/or sleeping bag) as well as plenty of space for you to pitch a tent in MOFGA's (heated) Exhibition Hall.

Friday Evening program (optional, no additional charge): All participants are welcome to stay after class ends on Day 1 (Friday) to join us for dinner, snacks and good cheer. Instructor Nick Zandstra of Vermont will give a presentation on communicating with trees, and you will have the opportunity to get to know your fellow chainsaw students as well as participants from the two other weekend tracks (Logging with Draft Animals, Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery). Rustic accommodations are available at no extra charge for those who wish to spend the night (see previous paragraph for details). Skip the extra driving, and make a weekend of it!

For any questions about this course, please call (207) 568-6019 or email

Good sources for PPE Equipment:
Kinco, (offer gloves in women's sizes)
Northern Tool,
Ben Meadows,

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