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MOFGA Events

MOFGA Events

Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. For events offered by other organizations, see our Calendar page. Interested in giving a workshop for MOFGA? Please complete this form. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship for a MOFGA event click here.

Spring Chainsaw Safety Workshop

(Level I)

March 29 to 30, 2019 (snow date April 5 to 6)

Tessier Farm, Skowhegan

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.

MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety workshop in Skowhegan has sold out.
If you'd like to receive advance notice of upcoming chainsaw workshops, please send an email to Thank you for your interest in our programs!

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: $150 ($130 for MOFGA members). Price does not include housing or meals. Please bring your own lunch and snacks. If you plan to spend the night in the area, please make your own arrangements for accommodations.

Scholarships: We offer partial and full scholarships. If interested, please fill out a scholarship application form by March 15.

For any questions about this course, please call (207) 568-4142 or email

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