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Women’s Chainsaw Safety course

June 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am - June 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm


Registration is full.

Contact Amanda Mahaffey at amanda@forestguild.org regarding potential future offerings.

We are monitoring state and CDC guidance and will determine in early June whether it is safe to proceed with this course as planned.

In the meantime, join a two-part, free, web-based event on Saturdays April 25 and May 2. View the detailed event page.

Also, read this article about safety and comfort tips for women chainsaw users!


Details for the rescheduled in-person event.

June 27 – 28, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Cost: $150 (scholarships available from Women of the Maine Outdoors). Lodging and meals not included.
Food: Please bring all the food and water you will need.
Lodging: On your own.

Location: McDougal Orchards, LLC in Springvale, Maine. Cider donuts, anyone?

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This event is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and McDougal Orchards.

This two-day chainsaw safety course is designed for women. Most participants will have little or no experience with a chainsaw, 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 session will be mostly indoors as the leaders provide some basic information about chainsaws, maintenance, and safety clothing, introduce participants to good practices, and provide relevant background material. Attendees will have time in the afternoon to visit a local saw shop to obtain any safety equipment they may need. The second day (8:00-4:00) is intended to be a full day of practice and application.

Through these workshops, we aim to create a women-focused learning environment that empowers women to steward your land. All who self-identify as female are welcome.

Registered participants will receive a letter with more detail on personal protective equipment needed and what to expect at the workshop.


June 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am
June 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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McDougal Orchards LLC
201 Hanson Ridge Road
Springvale, ME 04083
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