Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chainsaw Training on Sunday Near Albany

The Northville-Placid Trail Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club is sponsoring a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) approved 3-hour chain saw safety course on Sunday, April 29th, from noon to 3pm in Colonie, near Albany. This is the course that is required as a minimum chain saw training to obtain a chain saw certification for chain saw use on state land. This is for trail stewards and other trail workers who have chain saws and want to use them during the chain saw window from April 1 to May 24th each year.

the training will be held at the Littles Lake cabin in Colonie, at the south west corner of Route 377 (Van Rensselaer Blvd) and Route 378. Participants should bring their chain saws and safety equipment. The training will include outside hands on training. The cost is $30 and participants will receive a certificate of training to provide to the DEC forester for your section along with your first aid, blood borne pathogens and cpr certifications (not being provided at this course) that are needed for chain saw use on state land.

If you plan on attending contact Tom Wemett, Chair of the NPTrail Chapter at, or call 518-524-8875.

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4 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    What is the “chain saw window”? Thanks.

  2. Tom Wemett says:

    Chain saws may only be used during a short time period for trail work on areas designated as wilderness. After that time period only hand tools can be used.

  3. Tom Wemett says:

    Thank you to the 16 participants at the chain saw safety course. If you are interested in attending the same course or a course on storm damage removal sometime in the fall please contact Tom Wemett at

  4. Chainsaw training is going to be essential nowadays with what the Pine Beetle is doing the the national forests here in Alaska and throughout the Rocky Mountains. You should start this kind of training out west. There are entire forests that are just brown now with dead lodge poles. Now many of them are falling over in wind storms and covering trails. It’s getting worse and worse. Thanks for the posting.

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