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Women's Chainsaw Workshop

Women's Chainsaw Workshop

UPDATE: The Women's Chainsaw Workshop has sold out. To get on the Waiting List, go to the eventbrite page and click the "Get Tickets" button. You can then sign up for the Waiting List. There may be a few cancellations and you will be first in line for future sessions this year.

The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, Tan Oak Park, the Northern Mendocino-Ecosystem Recovery Alliance, and the California Conservation Corps have partnered to host a workshop designed to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for women who want to learn the art of using a chainsaw. Whether you are a beginner or have some experience, this workshop is your chance to gain confidence in using this powerful tool.

In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of chainsaw safety, handling, and maintenance. Don't worry if you've never held a chainsaw before – our friendly instructors will teach you everything you need to know.

The workshop will take place on Saturday March 9, 2024 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Located in the beautiful Tan Oak Park in Laytonville, our workshop provides the perfect setting to immerse yourself in nature while acquiring new skills. While we encourage students to bring any equipment they may have (such as chainsaws, safety goggles, gloves, ear protection, hard hats, and chaps) so they can get comfortable with their own tools, we can provide loaner tools and PPE. Lunch and a light breakfast will be included at no extra cost. If purchasing a ticket is a barrier, please email Eva King, king@firesafemendocino.org to be sponsored for a reduced cost.

This workshop is intended for women-identifying individuals. We will strive to foster a safe and supportive learning environment and will ask that all participants respect that. Spaces are limited, so make sure to secure your spot today. If the event is sold out, sign-up for our waitlist as we may run this workshop again in the future and will put you at the top of the list! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with like-minded women and empower yourself in the world of chainsaws. So, grab your work gloves, put on your safety goggles, and get ready to unleash your inner sawyer!

8:30 – 9 am: Check in and coffee
9:00 – 12:30 pm: Indoor presentation (PPE, Safety, Chainsaw parts, Felling, Bucking, Limbing, Tree Inspection, Types of Cuts, Hazards & Considerations, Defensible Space…)
12:30 – 1:15 pm: Lunch (provided)
1:15 - 2 pm – Intro to field training (Field logistics, briefing, starting the saw safely)
2 - 4:45 pm: Hands-on-Station rotations (1. Start the saw, cookies, and downed trees/brush 2. Limbing & Pruning 3. Cleaning & Maintenance)
4:45 - 5 pm: Wrap up