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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Chainsaw Safety Training - Level 1

Event Dates

  • 07/30/2021 7:30 am - 11:30 am
  • 07/30/2021 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Event Description

We are pleased to announce that the first of 2021’s Level 1 Chainsaw Safety Training is open for pre-registration! Class size is limited and our expectation is that this class will fill up fast – if you are interested, signing up sooner is better than later. This class is open to those 18 years and older, regardless of training or experience. More trainings will be scheduled for future dates. If you’re already certified to use a chainsaw on our properties, this is not the class for you, but perhaps an advanced class can be scheduled if there is enough interest.

This is a two-part chainsaw training:

  • Part 1 will be a classroom setting, focusing on basic chainsaw operation and safety, job site and felling planning, and an introduction to cutting notches and precision felling. We will talk over common chainsaw injuries and how to avoid them, safety gear options, necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), chainsaw maintenance and chain sharpening.
  • Part 2 is the in-field, hands-on portion of the training, where attendees will be practicing their chainsaw skills and putting to use the topics covered in the classroom.

Attendance at both is required in order to obtain the safety certification. Volunteers are required to take a Chainsaw Safety Training Course before using a chainsaw in a Dane County Park or Wildlife Area. Volunteers are also required to have a signed chainsaw waiver form on file for using chainsaws at our restoration events or collecting downed wood.

Part 1: Friday, July 16th from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Part 2: Friday, July 30th -- 2 sessions: AM session from 7:30am - 11:30am, PM session from 12:30pm - 4:30pm. 

Participants only need to sign up for one session on the 30th - AM or PM. Class size is smaller in order to give more attention to fewer people. 

COST: Free (Pre-registration is required)


How to Register:

Spots are limited – sign up here:

Make sure you’ve signed up for a July 16th spot and a July 30th spot in order to complete registration.

Classroom specific questions can be directed to Adam Alves - Dane County Park Forester,

The in-classroom training will be an all-day event held indoors. Lunch will be provided - as we get closer to the event we will let registrants know what the lunch option is and ask for any necessary dietary restrictions.

This event will be held indoors at a Dane County facility. We will follow Dane County COVID-19 guidelines in place at that time. We expect the guidelines will recommend that if you are vaccinated you will not be required to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, you will be required to wear a mask. For those of you who are vaccinated and still prefer to wear a mask, we encourage you to do so. Your safety is very important to us and we want to make sure this event is accommodating for everyone. As we get closer to the event dates we will be in touch regarding any changes in COVID policy. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

What to Bring:

You’ll need to bring the items listed below to the in-field portion of the training on July 30th. If you do not have some or any of these items please let us know. We have a limited amount of each of these items to loan out. You may bring your chainsaw and PPE to the classroom portion on the 16th if you have questions about your items, and/or to ensure that they are the right kind.

  • A working chainsaw
  • PPE
    • Required by Dane County Parks for Chainsaw Operation
      • Head – OSHA approved hard hat
      • Ears – OSHA approved ear muffs or plugs
      • Eyes – Safety glasses, goggles, or face-shield (part of the hard hat)
      • Legs – OSHA approved sawing chaps, pants or leggings Class 1 or higher
      • Feet – Boots that Cover the Ankle - preferably leather (protective toe is recommended)
    • Recommended by Dane County Parks for Chainsaw Operation
      • Hands - Gloves are recommended (anti-vibratory is great but not necessary)
  • Appropriate clothing – pants, long sleeved shirts, and leather boots are required for the in-field portion. Make sure to dress for the weather.
  • Drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray (not required but you may want it).


Part 1: July 16th -- Dane County Parks Shop, 4318 Robertson Rd, Madison, WI 53718

Part 2: July 30th -- Falk Wells Sugar River Wildlife Area, 7044 Sunset Dr, Verona, WI 53593


Categories: Parks, Training, Volunteer