About Us - Instructor Profiles

John Adler, Owner/Senior Instructor
NEWT co-owner John Adler is among the most recognized logging instructors in the United States. He brings fifteen years of experience as a Game of Logging instructor and has trained hundreds of professional loggers, forest owners, and students throughout New England, New York, and beyond. During the winter months, John owns and operates Eagle Forest Improvement, a logging business based in Chester, VT.

John has worked with a variety of logging systems, ranging from cable skidders to dozers to his current forwarder-based operation. John has a degree in forestry from Paul Smithís College.
  David Birdsall, Owner/Lead Instructor
NEWT co-owner David Birdsall is a woods-educator. He has worked extensively with young adults at Sterling College, the Vermont Leadership Center, and the Merck Farm and Forest Program. David manages the Vermont LEAP program (Logger Education to Advance Professionalism), organizing and teaching loggers safety and continuing education.

Dave's experiences in teaching are grounded in his work as a consulting forester, logger, and portable sawmill owner/ operator. In addition, David had a long career leading backcountry trips during the summers for his family-owned business, North Country Camps.
Allan Sands, Certified Instructor
From the time he was 15 years old and first ran a chain saw at Boy Scout camp, to Conservation class at MAUHS, to forestry classes at Paul Smithís College, to working for a logger between college years, to cutting hazard trees on forest fires and in state parks, to building a log house from scratch, a chain saw has always been an important tool in Alís life.

After a 36 year career with the State of Vermont Department of Forest and Parks, retirement has allowed Al a chance to do something he really likes and believes in - teach the Game of Logging. He first took G.O.L. Levels1-4 in 2000 after the í98 ice storm. After the first tree he cut with the new technique he never went back to the old way. He has been instructing classes for Northeast Woodland Training, Inc., since January of 2007.
  Mark Saulsgiver, Instructor
Arborist/Logger from Westport, NY in the Adirondacks. Former public school music teacher with education degrees from the Crane School of Music (Trumpet) and a Masters in Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. ISA Certified Arborist. Rock and Ice Climbing Guide. Seven time GOL Regional Competition winner. Owner of SilvaSauls Inc, a one crew logging and tree care company that prides itself in safe, clean, quality, and efficiently done work. SilvaSauls Inc maintains the right equipment and properly trained crew to remain a very much in demand service business in the eastern Adirondacks. Avid hunter, fisherman and backcountry telemark skier.
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