Small-scale Logging Training for Small Woodland Owners

 June 7 – 9, 2012: McKenna Forest Reserve: McKenna, WA : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join Northwest Certified Forestry for a unique hands-on training program for small woodland owners who are interested in conducting their own timber harvest.

 Topics to be covered include:

Thinning and tree selection, harvest planning and layout, permitting and regulations, equipment and tools, precision tree falling techniques, chainsaw maintenance, low-impact, small-scale log yarding techniques, log grading, manufacturing and marketing, and  more….

 Precision Tree Felling Training (limited to 16 participants)

Because harvest planning, tree selection, and safe and accurate tree felling are the most important aspects of conducting small-scale harvest, the first two days of the program will focus exclusively on these topics. The majority of the training will be spent in the woods learning felling techniques.

Based on the concept of  ‘open face felling,’ the SAWW training course will introduce some of the world’s leading methods for safe, efficient, and precise tree felling. Instructed by Ken Lallemont of Timber Resources, this program combines tree felling techniques gleaned from around the world into a complete training program that will not only change the way you work in the woods…it may even save your life.

As a former trainer through the international Game of Logging program, Ken has taught precision tree felling techniques for over 20 years. His unique training program emphasizes efficiency and technique that will markedly improve productivity, help to reduce chainsaw-related accidents, and increase overall safely awareness to many groups including: private landowners, urban foresters, tree service workers, utility companies, loggers, and public agencies. The SAWW training program is appropriate for a wide range of saw users and skill levels, from novice to experts.

Yarding Course (limited to 25 participants)

This one-day intensive training program is for woodland owners and workers who want to extract trees from their property safely and without the use of expensive professional logging equipment. With the use of small equipment such as ATV’s and tractors, arches, winches and block-n-tackle, logs can be extracted in a low impact manner with minimal damage to residual trees, understory vegetation, and soils. The training will introduce participants to basic harvest planning and layout, how to grade and buck logs, the use of small-scale equipment for low-impact yarding, and log marketing. Equipment to be demonstrated will include: ATV quad and logging arch, small tractor and farmi-winch, and cable and block-and-tackle.

Location: McKenna, WA (directions will be sent to registrants)

More information: Kirk Hanson, 360-316-9317,

Felling cost: Early registration by March 31: $325, After March 31 : $375 *

Yarding cost: Early registration by March 31: $100, After March 31: $150*

*Additional discounts for members of Northwest Certified Forestry. See registration form below.

Registration: Please click here to download the registration form to return along with your payment.