Upcoming Workshops & Events

Game of Logging Training Program – Fall 2018

The Game of Logging training program combines Scandinavian logging techniques with the latest systems for working safely around trees. We cannot overstate the value of these courses. We have participants who’ve used chainsaws for 30 years prior to taking GOL Level I say that the course changed the way they work in the woods. The GOL courses must be taken in sequence (even if you have chainsaw experience, you must begin with Level I).

Level 1. Precision Felling Techniques. This workshop introduces open-face felling and the development of techniques to safely use it. Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength. 8AM-4PM one-day course. Maximum 10 participants. LEVEL 1 COURSE OUTLINE.

Level 2. Maximizing Saw Performance. This workshop focuses on maximizing chainsaw performance through basic maintenance, carburetor setting, and filing techniques. Limbing and bucking techniques are introduced, spring pole cutting is covered and more felling is practiced. 8AM-4PM one-day course. Maximum 10 participants. LEVEL 2 COURSE OUTLINE

Level 3: Limbing, Bucking, and Difficult Trees. This workshop training includes dealing with lean when felling trees; limbing and bucking downed trees; and felling difficult and hung-up trees. LEVEL 3 COURSE OUTLINE

The Game of Logging chainsaw training course is taught by the outstanding instructors from Northeast Woodland Training. Visit their website for detailed course descriptions.

Spring 2018

Cost per training session level: $190

Level I: October 4, 2018 (Thurs) 8AM-4PM
(wild weather date*: October 11)

Level I: October 11, 2018 (Thurs) 8AM-4PM
(wild weather date*: October 18)

Level II: October 18, 2018 (Thurs) 8AM-4PM
(wild weather date*: October 25)

Level III: October 25, 2018 (Thurs) 8AM-4PM
(wild weather date*: November 1)

*GOL workshops are held rain or shine. They will only be postponed in the event of extreme weather, particularly high winds. Participants must be available on both the course date and the rain date.

Location and directions:All 2018 GOL workshops will be held at The Waterworks Property in Bristol. We will be meeting at a new site to access the workshop site for our 2018 courses (not at the main parking lot). We will provide exact location and directions to course participants a few weeks prior to the workshop

How to Register

Download the registration form here. On it you’ll find detailed information about the registration process, including fees, cancellation policies, directions to course meeting sites, etc. To secure a place in the workshop(s), please complete the registration form and mail with payment to VERMONT FAMILY FORESTS to the address indicated on the form. (We must have payment in hand to reserve a place for you). We will hold your payment until we reach the minimum number of students required for offering the course. If we have already reached the course’s maximum student capacity by the time you submit your registration, we will place you on a waiting list.