MDC offers chainsaw safety training for woodland owners in mid-Missouri

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CALIFORNIA, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer Chainsaw Safety Training for Woodland Owners in California Sept. 29 – 30. Instructor Joe Glenn is nationally known in the field of chainsaw training and competition. He uses the world-recognized “Safety and Woods Worker” (SAWW) training program, which utilizes combined learning environments of the classroom, workshop, and the field, to educate participants in the safest and most efficient techniques for maintaining and operating a chainsaw.

The training will place special emphasis on protective equipment, proper saw maintenance, proper sharpening techniques, safe felling techniques for a variety of circumstances as well as bucking and limbing hazards.

This training was inspired by the high amount of ‘do-it-yourself’ landowners interested in managing their woodlots via thinning, harvests, and wildlife habitat improvement projects that require the use of a chainsaw. MDC recognizes the safety hazards that are associated with chainsaw use, and work to ensure the well-being of landowner cooperators who are improving Missouri’s forest, fish, and wildlife resources.

“I was excited for this course, but it far surpassed what I had hoped for,” said Austin Johnson, a prior participant. “Given the chance, I would attend another class without hesitation.  This was extremely valuable.”

The training will take place Friday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at the California Shooters Club, 32891 Shooters Club Road, just south of California. Lunch will be provided each day. The training is free, but participants must register by Sept. 22. To register, contact MDC Resource Forester Cory Gregg at (573) 796-0286, ext. 4285, or MDC Private Lands Conservationist Dean Stucker at (573) 796-0286, ext. 4282.

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