DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) takes pride in offering in-demand programs. In recent years, the demand for forestry workshops has greatly increased and we have seen each program we offer fill to capacity. Additionally, we have listened to our constituent’s requests for more hands-on programs, and answered by provided unique learning opportunities and chances for participants to hone useful skills. For our latest forestry workshop, we are partnering with the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District to offer something special and very much in-demand, a “Chainsaw Safety for Women Workshop” on Friday, April 27 in Dover-Foxcroft.
Many of us own woodland. Do you utilize this land? If not, would you like to? With all the recent wind storms, perhaps you would like to learn chainsaw skills to take care of downed trees on your property, or clear deadwood in preparation for another storm. Perhaps you would like to start harvesting your own firewood. Whatever the reason, learning chainsaw skills can be hugely beneficial, yet the thought of operating a chainsaw can be overwhelming and intimidating. Many women don’t know where to begin when approaching the idea of using one for at-home purposes. This Chainsaw Safety for Women Workshop is designed to demonstrate and comfortably introduce the concepts of working with a chainsaw to women of all experience levels. What’s even better, participants will learn alongside two fantastic presenters and a small group of women.
The Chainsaw Safety for Women Workshop will provide participants with a well-rounded introduction on how they should safely handle, maintain and use a chainsaw. We will be hosting presenters Sam Heffner and Pam Wells and together they will provide hands-on instruction, demonstrations and information.
Heffner has worked as a forest ranger with the Maine Forest Service for 11 years, and has seven years’ experience instructing chainsaw safety workshops to various organizations. Additionally, Heffner was a professional logger for several years, and have competed regionally and nationally in the Game of Logging. Wells and her husband Bryan own 1031 acres of woodland just outside Orono, which she works to maintain, enhance and restore. Additionally, Wells is enrolled at the University of Maine in the forestry program and has a background in social work. She loves her chainsaws and is looking forward to helping women at this course get comfortable working with them.
Workshop topics will include an overview of chainsaw safety equipment and features, maintenance, proper cuts, a step-by-step tree felling demonstration and more. Much of this workshop will be hands-on and participants will come away feeling comfortable handling and working with a chainsaw.
Space is limited to 15 participants and we encourage women who are interested in joining us to register soon, as we expect this course to fill. If you would like to join us, you can register through our online store at www.piscataquisswcd.org, give a call to our office at 2564-2321 exten 3 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies, we will see you at the Law Farm!