Using a chainsaw? Interested in forestry activities?
Improve your skills and safety through the Game of Logging chainsaw safety trainings. This training benefits students, farmers, landowners, weekend warriors or professionals.
The Game of Logging is a hands-on training. One instructor works with a group of 8-10 participants to ensure each participant has time to practice the techniques and receive personal feedback. The program is broken into four full days which must be completed consecutively:
Day 1- October 20: Overview of chain saw safety and covers basic tree felling
Day 2- October 21: Covers basic saw maintenance and chain sharpening, and provides more opportunity for tree felling
Days 3 and 4- OCtober 27 & 28: Build on the first two days and present techniques for felling difficult trees, limbing and bucking techniques, and systems for planning work.
The Agricultural Stewardship Association is sponsoring the Game of Logging chainsaw safety trainings. Instructors from Northeast Woodland Training in Bristol, Vermont will provide the trainings. Trainings will be held in southern Washington County, specific locations to be determined.
The cost of the trainings is $130 for non-scholarship participants. Five full scholarships are available for students who commit to completing all four training levels. Scholarships will include a helmet and chaps/safety pants.
An enthusiastic participant of the 2015 Game of Logging trainings is offering the scholarships with the purpose of establishing a legacy of safety to be passed on to generations of colleagues, friends and family. You may apply for a scholarship by contacting ASA staff member, Janet Britt, at 518-692-7285 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for those not applying for scholarships is available on the ASA website www.agstewardship.org
Here's what past participants say about the trainings:
" The GOL training was the most I have ever learned in the shortest time, with the greatest impact on my life and great potential to help others"
"Thank-you again for the opportunity to attend the class. I have been putting my class training to use almost daily with the camp site, field edge encroachment from trees and camp site clearing after attending the GOL class."
As part of our mission to support a vibrant future for agriculture in our region, ASA has resources to offer landowners who have land available for sale or lease. ASA is a partner organization of the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network which was established in 2014 by the American Farmland Trust. The goal of the network is to ensure the availability of farmland in the Hudson Valley for the farmers of today and tomorrow. Network organizations offer trainings and one-on-one assistance for farmers and owners of agricultural land.
Visit www.hudsonvalleyfarmlandfinder.org to search listings of farms available for sale or lease, farms looking for a farm partner or manager, as well as farmers looking for land.