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COURSE: GOL Level 1
Having zero chainsaw experience, I wanted to learn a safe and effective way to remove trees from my property from the first cut I’d ever make. The course was low stress, nonjudgmental, excellent experience. Everything was laid out clearly and effectively, so effectively, the first tree I ever cut down was during this program and I hit my target stake right on the mark! Excellent program, I couldn’t recommend it enough.

COURSE: GOL Level 1
I'm new to felling trees and highly recommend GOL for anyone in similar circumstances. While I'll need lots of practice, my brain (if not necessarily the rest of me, just yet) now knows what to do to stay safe and be efficient in the woods. Our instructors were patient, funny, smart and VERY experienced; it was one of the best hands on workshops I've ever taken, hands down! You won't be sorry you took GOL!

COURSE: GOL Level 3
As a volunteer with USF&WS I hoped to support my local NWRs by helping the single maintenance worker with whatever he needed - to include tree removal and storm damage cleanup. As an infrequent "harry homeowner" chain saw user I had picked up a lot of bad habits! Al Sands did a terrific job of pointing them out to me in GOLs 1-3 and I feel much more confident in my ability to operate a saw safely and effectively. Al's knowledge and ability to impart same are top notch! Now if I can just keep that thumb down.....:-}.

COURSE: GOL Level 3
I just finished Level 3 taught by David Birdsall. The training was terrific. There was plenty of time for individual attention, we learned how to handle several different situations and how to adjust when mistakes are made, and we had a great time doing it. Safety was always front and center. David is an outstanding teacher and obviously loves doing it.

COURSE: GOL Level 4
Took GOL levels 1-4 in connection with doing trail work on govt land. Have run a saw for over 30 yrs and manage my personal wood lot. Taking this course I realized "I didn't know #@&%". I had been pretty safe; now I'm much safer but I am also much more efficient, accurate, and know how to do things I didn't know were possible. If, in your mind, staying out of the ER does not pay for the course being able to cut more wood with less effort will. Take em all !!!

COURSE: GOL Level 4
I have worked in the woods at one level or anther for 35 years and I want to say that I learned more from John Adler in four days than all the years combined. John is a top notch instructor with a passion for doing the job right.

COURSE: GOL Level 1
Just took a three day seminar for the VTANG. I have run a saw for many years and have many cords of wood under my belt and was still completly blown away by the information these guys had. there tool box is definatly well stocked. if anyone is questioning going to any one of these courses, DO IT!!!! It is so worth your time. no matter what level you think you are at, there is so much stuff to learn, maybe even a whole new prospective on felling trees and running a saw. That is where i was at when the course was complete. thank you guys!

COURSE: GOL Level 1
You\'ve all heard recommendations on using the appropriate personal protective equipment (chaps, helmet, eye and hearing protection, etc.)

The Game of Logging classes are safety equipment for your brain... and it\'s just as important.

I appreciate the great job the NEWT instructors did with all of the GOL classes I\'ve taken.

COURSE: GOL Level 4
When I started with a chainsaw 10 years ago, I had never been around an operating chainsaw before. I quickly realized that I knew just enough to get myself in serious trouble. Since I wanted to be around to see my kids grow up (and have he use of all my limbs while doing so), I sought help. Tips form experienced friends helped, but I still did not feel in control.

I finally came across the \"Game of Logging\" and Northeast Woodland Training. I intended to take only level 1, but was so impressed with the course content, the instructor, and the way the classes were run, that over the next couple of years I ended up going through all four levels. I\'m currently signed up for the Storm Damage Cleanup course.

Each level has increased my ability to work safely in the woods. I have a much greater level of control and precision in felling, limbing and bucking trees. As important, I\'ve developed a good sense of the limits of the skills and equipment I have available to me and how to work within those limits.

I\'ve heard others say that this should be required training for anyone using a chainsaw in the woods. I agree wholeheartedly, and feel strongly that the folks at Northeast Woodland Training do a great job of delivering that training

COURSE: GOL Level 1
I\'ve been swinging a chain saw and pulling trees since 1964. If I had taken this course back then I would have been much safer and more efficient in the woods. Never too late. Thanks John for an excellent course.

COURSE: GOL Level 1
My experience with the \"Game Of Logging\" courses:
John McNerney

Prior to buying a wooded parcel in 2001 here in Monkton, VT, I had never operated a chain saw. Since I wanted to cut my own firewood, do some wildlife habitat management (applying some of what I had learned in my Vermont Coverts Cooperator class), and open up some hiking trails, I figured it was time I learned. I bought a chainsaw, read the manual that came with it, got my more experienced neighbor to give me some pointers, and went at it. It was not long before I realized that I knew just enough to seriously injure or kill myself or someone else, not to mention the damage I could do to the forest in the process of trying to get a tree to drop where I wanted it.

Since I planned on being around to see my kids grow up, and have the use of all my limbs while doing so, I decided it was time to get some serious training in how to work more safely in the woods with a chainsaw. A “Game Of Logging, Level I” course was being offered in my area, sponsored by Vermont Family Forests, and taught by Northeast Woodland Training. I took a gamble and signed up. The class was quite an eye opener. Participants ranged from novices like myself to veterans who had been doing their own logging for 20+ years.

The Level I course taught basic chainsaw safety techniques, how to handle a saw and fell a tree with precision. The technique taught is quite a bit different than what you may have been doing for years, or what the manual that came with your chainsaw describes. It allows much greater control of when, where, and how a tree falls. A bonus that I had not expected was picking up some great tips on how to work efficiently -- which has allowed me to get more done while avoiding fatigue (which can also lead to accidents). By the end of the day, participants could drop a tree within couple of feet of a target stake driven into the ground 30+ feet away. Some of the participants managed to shatter the target stake by hitting it dead on. We did this even when dropping the tree in a direction other than the one it \"wanted\" to go. A handy talent to have when you are trying to protect that nice old apple tree which would otherwise have taken a beating, or when you need to \"thread the needle\" by dropping one tree between two others that you want to keep.

I had intended to take only one of the courses, figuring that would be enough for my limited needs. I was so impressed with the content and the instructor, that I went on to take all four levels. In all of the courses I\'ve taken, all of the participants, from novice to expert, felt that the course was well worth it. Along the way, I\'ve heard comments from participants such as \"NO ONE should go into the woods with a chainsaw without taking this course\" , and \"After working with a chainsaw for 20 years, GOL has changed the way I work in the woods\". I’ve also been very impressed with the knowledge and attitude of the instructors. They run a safe, informative workshop, and make the most of the learning opportunities presented. The atmosphere is fun and supportive with participants often cheering each other on. It’s for a great experience for both novice and experienced chainsaw operators. The course material is well laid out and helps you understand the “WHY” of a given technique, rather than just memorizing a set of steps. This understanding has helped me to adapt the techniques to the varying situations I encounter in the woods. It has also helped me to better understand my limitations. I am better able to size up a situation and decide whether I have the skill, experience, and equipment necessary to handle a tougher situation.

The “Game of Logging” courses are offered quite regularly in my area. You\'d think the market would get saturated after a while and they\'d have trouble finding participants. Instead, the opposite has happened. The GOL courses and the instructors from Northeast Woodland Training have gotten quite a reputation. “Word of mouth” advertising and people seeing their neighbors and friends using the techniques learned has generated waiting lists to get in to many of the courses.

COURSE: GOL Level 1
Everyone should take this course! David Birdsall is an experienced logger, outdoorsman and a great instructor. This is a course for experienced loggers and part timers. You will never cut another tree without using the techniques taught in this course. Safety first! None of us can affort an accident that hurts us, or worse yet, causes an injury that would prevent us from enjoying the outdoors, be it logging, hunting, fishing or just hiking.

COURSE: GOL Level 1
Outstanding professional experience for adults and students. My class of high school forestry students learned the newest and safest way to work in the woods. The instruction is steeped in research, yielding highly valid methodology. It was also nice that the instructor did not convey the bravado and ego sometimes encountered in the timber industry. Rather he was open minded and well balanced on all issues.

 
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