Game of Logging

Game of Logging Chainsaw Course


Taught by Northeast Woodland Training

In partnership with the Windham County Conservation District and
Windham Regional Woodlands Association

Fall Session 2022: Brattleboro and Saxtons River, VT

2022 Game of Logging Chainsaw Training Information

Level 1: Saturday, September 10 (Saxtons River)

Level 1 (Women Only): Sunday, September 11 (Brattleboro)

Level 2: Friday, September 16 (Saxtons River)

Level 3: Saturday, September 17 (Saxtons River)

Level 4: Sunday, September 18 (Saxtons River)


Location: Location Info and Driving Directions will be emailed to registrants
8am to 4pm

Sponsored by

Windham Regional Woodlands Association and the Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District

What to Wear/Bring

  • Sturdy boots
  • Dress for the weather (layers recommended) – You will be outside all day
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Hardhat with eye and ear protection –all participants must bring a hardhat-the instructor can provide eye & ear protection if participant does not have it.
  • Chaps *
  • Chainsaws if you own one; otherwise there will be saws provided by instructor

*Our instructors have a limited supply of chaps available for use during training sessions.  We recommend that you wait on purchasing new equipment until after the first day of training.

Start Time

Classes start promptly at 8:00am

If you are interested in reading more about the Game of Logging Course, visit our instructors’ website, www.woodlandtraining.com.

Payment and Refund Policy

  • We require payment in full upon registration.  You may cancel your registration up to two weeks prior to the workshop date and receive a full refund, less a $25 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the workshop will not be eligible for refund, unless we have someone on a waiting list that can fill your space, in which case you will receive a full refund, less a $25 administration fee. 
  • In the event that we do not have enough registered participants to cover workshop costs, we will cancel the workshop.  In the event of such a cancellation, we will issue a full refund to all registered participants.

If you are interested in reading more about the Game of Logging Course, visit our instructors’ website, www.woodlandtraining.com.

This program is designed for novice to advanced chain saw users. Novices develop safe and productive habits from the start, while experienced chain saw users improve their skills and “unlearn”bad habits and unsafe techniques.

In this hands-on training, one instructor works with a group of up to ten participants to ensure that each participant has time to practice the techniques and receive personal feedback. Participants receive individualized coaching at a series of in-the-woods practice stations. By listening to explanations, watching demonstrations, and practicing techniques, participants come away with better work habits and greater confidence in their ability to safely fell trees and work in the woods.

Level 1 focuses on introducing the participant to 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.

Level 2 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.

Level 3:
Scoring the Chain
Dealing with “Lean” in a Tree
Utilizing Wedges & Shims
Understanding Stem Compression & Tension
5-Point Limbing Plan
Limbing Concepts/Techniques
Bucking Techniques
Precision Felling Practice (Side/Back Leaner)

Level 4:

Safe techniques for working with trees under extreme
compression/tension or damage due to
windthrow, ice damage, flooding, etc., where
stems may be tangled, have root systems exposed,
or other hazardous situations that need to be removed.
Students must have completed GOL Levels
1-3 prior to attending this class.

Register and pay online here: Workshops

OR, to register and pay by mail:

To Register, please download this document with information and a registration form:

For more information call (802)689-3024 or email windhamcountynrcd@gmail.com