SAWW Training

Date:  January 24, 2018  
Time:  05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Community Room, Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Drive, Suttons Bay and Myles Kimmerly Park, County Road 616 Maple City

SAWW Training is an umbrella organization that promotes safe and efficient chainsaw use, for both professionals and backyard chainsaw operators.  SAWW Certified Trainer, Aaron Beishlag, has been a production logger of 26 years and has been working in the woods since he was a youth.  He has been training municipal and private individuals in safely felling trees for more than  13 years.

At the completion of the class, participants will receive a course certification and be able to safely fell a majority of trees found in a wooded setting.  Participants should bring their own chainsaw and safety gear: hardhat, eye/ ear protection, leg protection (chaps, etc.), steel toe boots, work gloves and outdoor clothing suitable for the conditions.  Participants should also bring an axe/hammer and tree cutting wedges, if owned.  Each day will include a classroom portion and hands on tree cutting/felling under direct supervision of the instructor as follows: 
SAWW Training Program —

Level 1—January 24, 2018, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Overview of the SAWW Training Program.  OSHA regulations and requirements.  Sessions on body mechanics, personal protective equipment, necessary tools, saws, tree felling, and limbing, bucking, and topping (lunch provided).   
Level 2– January 25, 2018, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm                                                                                                                                                         Level One review.  Maintenance, hands-on filing, carburetor adjustment, limbing techniques, precision felling assessment, and precision at the stump, including notching, hinge, species differences and terrain.  Felling practice in the field (bring sack lunch). 
Level 3—February 22, 2018, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Level One and Two review.  Focus on difficult trees.  Planning for the felling of difficult trees, including tree-specific issues, identifying hazards, and planning escape routes.  Felling difficult trees.  Processing cut trees.  Participants will execute these steps on at least one tree in the field (bring a sack lunch).

Level 4—March 23, 2018, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm                                                                                                                                                            Level One, Two, and Three review.  Trainer execution of any procedures and techniques as requested by participants.  Practice implementing techniques on less difficult and difficult trees.  Information on reference resources in the field (bring a sack lunch).

Location:  Community Room, Leelanau County Government Center, 8527 E. Government Center Drive, Suttons Bay and Myles Kimmerly Park, County Road 616, Maple City

Cost:  $125/day or $500 for full course. Half or $250.00 due by registration deadline of January 17th, remaining due on January 24th (if class full, total cost will be $400).  Program is limited to 10 participants, so register early.

For more information or to register, contact Kama Ross, District Forester for Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Conservation Districts at 231-256-9783 or

Hosted by: Forestry Assistance Program, Leelanau Conservation District Underwritten by: Schillinger Forestry