Most USFS volunteers do not need to fell trees, our certification focus for volunteers has always been Bucking Only. People who demonstrate a high level of comfort with a chainsaw (along with a good safety attitude and reasonable chainsaw skills) will probably leave the certification session as B Sawyer-Bucking Only. People who are clearly not familiar and/or comfortable with a chainsaw will probably leave the session as A Sawyer–Bucking Only. Having an A Sawyer certification means that the sawyer must work under the direct supervision of a higher-rated sawyer until certified at a higher level. Must have a current CPR/First Aid Certification before you take the class – no exceptions. The USFS First Aid/CPR requirement is that a class must include an in-person demonstration of CPR skills. Once skills have been demonstrated in person, renewals may be done on-line. FA/CPR cards from American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Health & Safety Institute, and others are recognized.
Just as a prospective driver does not go to the local DMV expecting to learn how to drive, prospective sawyers are expected to be comfortable with chainsaw use and to have basic chainsaw maintenance/troubleshooting skills before certification. The first 4 hours of day one will be classroom review of USFS chainsaw safety requirements, including PPE, tailgate safety meetings, USFS Job Hazard Analysis for chainsaw use, etc. Basic chainsaw techniques will be reviewed, and while volunteers will not be certified as fellers, basic felling techniques will also be reviewed. The afternoon session of day one and all of day two will be field evaluations at a site determined by the local USFS district. While we usually limit participation to 6 prospective sawyers per evaluator, spreading the field evaluations over some 10-12 hours (one afternoon and one full day) should allow us to cover 10 prospective sawyers per evaluator, or 20 total.
Each prospective sawyer is expected to provide sawyer gear, including PPE. That gear should include a saw THAT RUNS, has a sharp chain (or two), and can be easily started by the prospective sawyer. Sawyers should also provide ANSI Z87.1 eye protection, chaps meeting ASTM-1897, ANSI Z89.1 helmet, hearing protection, leather gloves, leather boots (preferably 8″ high, but must be overlapped by chaps by at least 2″), long sleeves. We will have first aid kit, axe, wedges, etc, for group use. Sawyers are also encouraged to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and carry any personal medical supplies (ie. epi- pen, insulin, inhalers).
Hampton Inn, 275 Forest Gate Dr, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 828-883-4800
Comfort Inn, 2228 Asheville Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712 828-862-8900
Davidson River Campground, 1 Davidson River Circle, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 Reservations: www.recreation.gov
Thursday Night Social, June 16th, 6p
Ecusta Brewing, 49 Pisgah Hwy #3, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 Meet up with fellow attendees for a brew and food trucks. Drinks and dinner on your own.
Sawyer B, Chainsaw Clinic Schedule
Friday, June 17, Cradle of Forestry Amphitheater, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 / 8:00a Classroom session / 12:30p Lunch (lunch and drinks will be provided) / 1:30p Carpool to field session 1 / 4:30p Done with the day’s clinic
Saturday, June 18, Cradle of Forestry Amphitheater, 11250 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 / 8:00a Q&A from Friday’s classroom and field work / 9:00a Carpool to field session 2, Lunch out in the field (provided) / 1:00p Individual sawyer reviews / 2:00p Instructors will review field evaluation forms, generate cards and completion / certificates 4:00p Done with clinic