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The Woodland School

2016 Spring Classes

 

Sat., March 5th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1 (FULL)

Sun., March 6th: Chainsaw Safety Level 2 (FULL)

Thurs. & Fri,, March 24-25th: Introduction to Prescribed Burning (FULL)

Sat., October 8th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1 - Women Only (FULL)

Sat., November 5th: Chainsaw Safety Level 3
Sat., November 6th: Chainsaw Safetly Level 4

Looking for a chainsaw safety class? Additional chainsaw safety courses are regularly offered through Samsel's Sawmill in Hancock, WI and the Kickapoo Woods Cooperative in Viroqua, WI. Please check their websites for upcoming 2016 chainsaw safety courses.

For more information about Woodland School courses or to be added to a waiting list, contact Jen Simoni at (608) 355-0279, x.32.

The Woodland School offers practical workshops to guide private landowners and public land managers in:

- Identifying the biotic community

- Understanding threats to your land

- Developing stewardship skills

- Refining your vision

 

Resources

Can't make it to a class? We also have numerous web resources to help you in managing your land. Please also consider ordering a My Healthy Woods Handbook to get you started!

 

Report your project! Have you been inspired to take action on your land from a Woodland School class? Tell us about it! Use this online form to let us know what you've tried, what's worked and what hasn't. We'd love to share your story with others to continue the learning process!

 

2016 Spring Classes

 

Chainsaw Safety Level 1

 

Mastering the basics of chainsaw safety is essential for woodland owners who want to be more active on their land. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use. The hands-on training and close supervision gives participants the opportunity and confidence to fell at least one tree. Level I focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling, and the development of techniques to safely use it.  Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength. Registration is FULL however we would be happy to add you to the waiting list. (608-355-0279)

 

Date: Sat. March 5th, 2016
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Class limit: 10
Cost: $110 ($100 members)
Instructor: Nathan Stanford. Nathan has 18 years of chainsaw training experience serving as a certified trainer through SAWW and being a “C” certifier for the US Forest Service.

 


Chainsaw Safety Level 2

 

Mastering the basics of chainsaw safety is essential for woodland owners who want to be more active on their land. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use. The hands-on training and close supervision gives participants the opportunity and confidence to fell at least one tree. Level II focuses on saw sharpening and maintenance, more advanced felling techniques, use of wedges, and felling accuracy. All participants will have the opportunity to fell one or more trees with supervision. You must complete level 1 to attend this class. Registration is FULL however we would be happy to add you to the waiting list. (608-355-0279)

 

Date: Sun. March 6th, 2016
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Class limit: 10
Cost: $110 ($100 members)
Instructor: Nathan Stanford. Nathan has 18 years of chainsaw training experience serving as a certified trainer through SAWW and being a “C” certifier for the US Forest Service.

 

 

Introduction to Prescribed Burning


Learn about fire ecology, fire behavior principles, and how to plan for and implement fire as a management tool in fire-adapted ecosystems. Spend time getting to know tools used on prescribed fires, learn about the steps involved in preparing a burn unit, explore basic aspects of wildland fire suppression, and conduct a prescribed burn, weather permitting. This course will not prepare participants to serve as a burn boss or conduct prescribed burns on their own.

New this year! This course now satisfies the field day requirement for the National Wildfire Coordinating Group- Introduction to Wildland Fire courses. Participants interested in receiving federal certification for s130 and s190 courses will need to complete the online portion prior to taking this workshop. Instructions for taking the online portion will be given at registration.*Participants not interested in receiving certification do not need to complete the online course to take this workshop. This workshop is open to landowners, students, professionals and anyone else interested in learning more about prescribed fire.

Date: Thurs. March 24th and Fri. March 25th, 2016
Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo, Wis.
Class limit: 24
Cost: Certification: $110 members /$150 non-members
Without Certification: $100 members/$110 non-members
Registration is FULL however we would be happy to add you to the waiting list. (608-355-0279)

Instructors: Aldo Leopold Foundation and The Nature Conservancy

 

Chainsaw Safety Level 1 - Women Only

 

Mastering the basics of chainsaw safety is essential for woodland owners who want to be more active on their land. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use. The hands-on training and close supervision gives participants the opportunity and confidence to fell at least one tree. Level I focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling, and the development of techniques to safely use it.  Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength. Please note this course is for women only. Registration is FULL however we would be happy to add you to the waiting list. (608-355-0279)

 

Date: Sat. October 8th, 2016
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Class limit: 10
Cost: $110 ($100 members)
Instructor: Nathan Stanford. Nathan has 18 years of chainsaw training experience serving as a certified trainer through SAWW and being a “C” certifier for the US Forest Service.



Chainsaw Safety Level 3

 

Mastering the basics of chainsaw safety is essential for woodland owners who want to be more active on their land. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use. The hands-on training and close supervision gives participants the opportunity and confidence to fell at least one tree. Level III focuses on height estimation and lean calculations as well as wedge placement to prepare you to successfully and safely fell trees on your land. This is a great course where you will learn information applicable to those involved with prescribed fire break preparations and snag removal, firewood making, or timber stand improvement (TSI). Plan on spending the whole day in the field with instructors. This is an advanced course; levels 1-2 are prerequisites to attend. Register here.

 

Date: Sat., November 5th, 2016
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Class limit: 10
Cost: $110 ($100 members)
Instructor: Nathan Stanford. Nathan has 18 years of chainsaw training experience serving as a certified trainer through SAWW and being a “C” certifier for the US Forest Service.

 

 

Chainsaw Safety Level 4

 

Mastering the basics of chainsaw safety is essential for woodland owners who want to be more active on their land. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use. The hands-on training and close supervision gives participants the opportunity and confidence to fell at least one tree. Level IV is the last in the series of courses for private landowners. Come and learn about how to safely limb and buck the trees you have been safely felling for firewood or as part of your timber stand improvement projects. You will learn tips and tricks to minimize damage to logs that you want to extract from your woods and techniques to improve efficiency while limbing and bucking. This is an advanced course; levels 1-3 are prerequisites to attend. Register here.

Date: Sun., November 6th, 2016
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Class limit: 10
Cost: $110 ($100 members)
Instructor: Nathan Stanford. Nathan has 18 years of chainsaw training experience serving as a certified trainer through SAWW and being a “C” certifier for the US Forest Service.

 

Looking for a chainsaw safety class? Additional chainsaw safety courses are regularly offered through Samsel's Sawmill in Hancock, WI and the Kickapoo Woods Cooperative in Viroqua, WI. Please check their websites for upcoming 2016 chainsaw safety courses.