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Chainsaw Safety Training – July 30-August 2, 2020

July 30, 2020 @ 8:30 am - August 2, 2020 @ 4:30 pm



Be one of the first of 24 Ice Age Trail Alliance volunteers to be nationally certified in safe chainsaw use.  Back to back two-day courses are capped at 12 participants each. Location is in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Application deadline is July 1.

This year we embark on a new Chainsaw Safety training protocol with the National Park Service and US Forest Service. Many of you have been hearing about this change for some time, but this summer the new training protocol goes in effect. The training is a 2-day onsite commitment on the part of the candidate. In addition First Aid/CPR certification needs to be current, and completing the online NPS Trail Safe! (click here) is highly recommended.

We have only 12 slots available for each of the 2-day trainings, so to be upfront, we won’t be able to train all of the folks who submit an application. We will need to be geographically selective with our 24 candidates, including a few staff.

Note: Several logistical items are unknown at this time, including Base Camp, Project Support/food preparations, etc. as it is related to Covid-19. Be prepared to be self-sufficient, including all meals.

Covid-19 Updates:

  • Project support and camping availability will be announced closer to the event.
  • New this year, all volunteers must fill out a new Covid-19 301a Volunteer Agreement (click here to download PDF).
  • An updated Job Hazard Analysis is available for download here (PDF).

See a map of the project area [PDF]


Chainsaw class #1: Thursday & Friday, July 30/31;  8:30am – 4:30pm both days
Chainsaw class #2: Saturday & Sunday August 1/2; 8:30am – 4:30pm both days

Click Here to Download Application (PDF)

What to Bring:

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.
  • If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear and toiletries. Stay tuned for details as they become available.
  • Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

Special Notes:

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.


July 30, 2020 @ 8:30 am
August 2, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
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