Brandon Rackliff, Assistant Natural Resources Manager, BBA;
Michael Gagnon. Hillsborough County Forester, UNH Cooperative Extension
This is a special workshop including basic chainsaw maintenance and care, inspection of personal protective equipment, hazard and situational awareness, chainsaw safety best practices, and a felling and limbing demonstration. Note: While we will be practicing cutting techniques with chainsaws, we will not be practicing felling trees. This is a basic level course.
What to bring:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
• Hardhat conforming to ANSI #Z89 in good working condition
• Eye protection/face screen that meets ANSI #Z87.1 or higher
• Hearing protection 9 muffs, plugs, etc.
• Non-skid steel-toe or composite-toe boots with lug soles or caulks that provide ankle coverage
• Chainsaw chaps that fit from waist to over the top of the boot
Note: We have a limited number of PPE kits available for participants to borrow. Please email Cheri Birch know if you would like to use these before the day of the workshop: firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not provide boots.
Chainsaw: Chainsaw with working chain break, rear hand guard, throttle interlock system, chain catch peg, pin or stud, antivibration/insulation mounts. (If your saw was made by a reputable manufacturer in the last 10 years, then it likely has all these features)
Tools to perform basic maintenance: scrench, files, guides.
Do not bring fuel; fuel up before you come. Do not bring battery powered saws.
Other: Warm clothes for outdoors, lunch, snack, refillable water bottle.
From the north: Take exit 6 off of the Everett Turnpike and take a right onto Rt. 130 West. Drive 1.3 miles. At the traffic circle, take second exit to stay on Rt. 130 W. Stay on Route 130 West for 3.9 miles. At the traffic light turn left onto Route 122 towards Pepperell, MA. Drive approx. 1 mile and turn right onto Ridge Road. Travel 0.9 mi and turn right into the driveway at 117 Ridge Road. (This is the second entrance to BBA properties – don’t turn onto Brown Lane.) Go past the office and barn on the left and park in the designated areas. We’ll meet either outside in the parking lot or in the barn if the weather is inclement.
You may enter up the stairs at the back of the building, or on the side you see when you first drive into the driveway. Look for signs.