Game of Logging Chainsaw Safety training Levels:    (VIEW Current Course Calendar)

Each Game of Logging training level is a hands-on 8-hour training.  You'll be outdoors for the day, so will want to dress accordingly, and in layers, and bring snacks and beverages to have available throughout the day.

LEVEL 1:  Precision Felling Techniques       GOL Level 1a   GOL Level 4


* Discussion of and plan for Emergencies, and Personal Protective Equipment.

* Daily 5-Point Safety Check:  Chain brake; throttle interlock; chain catcher; screws & bolt check; muffler and spark arrester.

* Discussion of Reactive Forces:  Push; Pull; Kickback; Attack

* Notching: minimum of 70 degrees, no by-pass

* Bore Cutting:  use attack corner, body position

* Felling Plan:  Target aquisition of the 5-point felling plan

          Target Aquision:  Hazard Recognition (2 points); Side Lean - good/bad side (2 points); Escape Route (2 points); Hinge Information (2 points); Back-cut Plan (2 points)

* Scoring the Stump

* Felling Practice

Level 2:  Maximizing Saw Performances

* Discussions of Routine Maintenance:  Air filter; Recoil; Bar; Sprocket; Chain brake; Chain tension

* Carburator Tune-up:  Clean air filter; Balance Jets; High-speed test; Low-speed test; Low-speed "dump" test

* Art of Filing - scoring the tooth:  Proper depth gauge setting (2 points); Sharp Point (2 points); Correct side plate angle (2 points); Correct top plate angle (2 points); Chisel angle (2 points)

* Springpole Practice

* Felling Practice

Level 3:  Limbing, Bucking, and Difficult Trees

* Scoring of Chain

* Dealing with Lean:  Front Lean - use of the controlled release technique;  Back Lean - use of wedges and shims;  Side Lean - aiming the hinge to compensate for lean.

* Limbing Plan:  Overhead hazards; Hazards on the ground; Did the tree leave stump?; Tensions in stem;  Plan of attack

* Six-point Limbing Concepts: Keep close; Stem supports weight of saw; Move feet; Slide hand; Use thumb; Plan for working height

* Bucking and Limbing Cuts:  Top-lock; Limb-lock; Tongue and groove

* Felling Difficult and Hung-Up trees

Level 4 for Professional Loggers:  Job Planning and Harvesting Operations

* Pre-planning:  Information, use of maps; Reconnaissance 

* Discussion on Flagging

* Selecting Felling Direction

* "Hot" vs "Cold" Logging

* Felling Exercise

* Course Review

This level is adjusted to the interest of the group, i.e. safely getting hung trees down, use of different tools.  Drop-and-roll, lift-and-roll, scarf cut, pole-in-a-hole.


Level 4 for Landowners:  Storm Damage Cleanup

* Introduction and Review: Safety Plan; PPE; Daily 5-point Safety check; Saw Chain Types, sharpening and field conditions; Safety Violations

* 5-Point Plan for Storm Damaged Trees: Overhead Hazards; Hazards on the ground; Assess Lean-weight & pressure; Cutting plan; Escape Routes

* Demonstration and Hands-on Techniques: Shaved notch; Tab cut; Limb-loc; Top-loc; Tongue & groove; Axle-cut; Axle-loc; Notch bucking & Directional notch bucking (controlled release cut); Roll-away cut; Buck with wedge; Dirty log buck; Scissor cut; Releasing "extreme" spring-pole tension; "Pole-in-a-Hole"; Flagging hazards; Using Ropes & Mechanical Advantage Techniques

Other training:

Beginner Chainsaw Use & Safety: This course is designed to introduce the safe handling of a chainsaw, as well as boosting theBeginner Use & Safetyconfidence level of anyone who has very little or no experience with a saw.  This is a hands-on full day course, and is an excellent foundation for someone who may go on to attend the Game of Logging Levels 1 through 4 training.

Storm Damage Cleanup (Level 4 for Landowners): Safe techniques for working with trees under extreme compression/tension or damage due to wind-throw, ice damage, flooding, etc., where stems may be tangled, have root systems exposed, or other hazardous situations that need to be removed.  Students must have completed GOL Levels 1-3 prior to attending this class.  See description above.

Arborist Training:  Pre-requisite L1-2 GOL.  NEWT works with Silvasuls, Inc. of Westport NY to provide Arborist Training incorporating GOL safety techniques.  There are four levels of training available.  Arborist training includes all aspects of safety and hazard identification, skills with ropes, knots, hitches, mechanical devices, equipment, and techniques and work practices for safe arborist work.

Mechanized Logging: This training is designed to improve Logger safety, health, profit, and job quality.

Level 5 - Game of Logging Refresher:  A hands-on review of all techniques learned in Level 1 - 4.  Participants must have completed all levels.  Safety is an ongoing practice to keep skills and awareness sharp, and Game of Logging training should be renewed/refreshed every 5 years.

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