May 23, 2019 - 2:26pm -- douridas.9

Being a landowner often means the inevitable use of a chainsaw. Every aspect from the equipment used to felling the tree have dangerous components that can lead to deadly results. With new invasive species such as Bush Honeysuckle and the Emerald Ash Borer, our woods need the attention of a chainsaw to maintain their aesthetics, usefulness and health.

Proper chainsaw safety and maintenance is important across any range of experience. Because of this, the Ohio Forestry Association offers chainsaw safety courses throughout the year around Ohio. On June 3rd, they will hold a four hour course just outside Urbana that covers a wide range of topics including:
•    Tree cutting demonstrations
•    Personal protective equipment (PPE)
•    Safety features of the chainsaw head
•    Five point safety check
•    Maintenance of the power head and guide bar
•    Components of the saw tooth
•    Angles and their functions
•    Proper filing
•    Reactive forces of the chain and guide bar

The course is $50 for OFA members of $60 for all others and open to any range of experience. It is hosted by Valley View Woodlands, 2089 North St. Rt. 560, Urbana. It will last from 5-9pm and includes a light meal. To register, please visit: https://www.ohioforest.org/events/register.aspx?id=1221830. For questions please contact Amanda at Douridas.9@osu.edu or 937-484-1526.