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If you don’t already love your chainsaw, you will after this class about CHAINSAW LOVE! Students will learn to love using a chainsaw with their news skills in chainsaw safety, maintenance and operation. Each student will practice their new skills using a chainsaw on site.

Women and Chainsaws

When: Saturday March 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where:  WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN

Instructors: Louise Levy and Emily Ford from Levy Tree Care

Registration Fee: $65


If you don’t already love your chainsaw, you will after this class! We will teach you about finding and caring for PPE (personal protective equipment) that fits you right, safety with your chainsaw, assessing your work site for safety hazards, and caring for your chainsaw (maintenance). This will be as hands-on as you want it to be, so wear clothing that can get dirty. Bring work gloves! Even if they aren’t ‘chainsaw’ gloves, bring a pair that fit you and provides some protection to your hands.* We will bring several different chainsaws to show differences in chain type, bar length, handle placement, etc.  In the afternoon we will demonstrate chainsaw use on site with real-life examples. Please bring what you need to be warm and comfortable in the classroom and outside. When you’re observing you usually need to wear more layers than when you are working.

*The week before this class is not the best time to treat yourself to a manicure. Pedicures – no problem.

OBJECTIVES of the Class

(1) Safety! Safety! Safety!

(2) Love your saw.

(3) Love trees.

Instructor Bio

Louie –

After graduating from Carleton College in 1989 with a degree in German, Louise’s formal training in trees began with a master’s degree in silviculture from Oregon State University, followed a few years later with credentialing in arboriculture and urban forestry. In 2011, after her daughter entered preschool, Louise founded Levy Tree Care. It can be risky to ask Louise a tree question, because she can go on for hours. Tree care and civic engagement go hand in hand for Louise, so you will also find her involved in community presentations, donations of tree care, tree preservation advocacy, sponsorship of arts programs, and collegial professional development.

Emily –

Emily graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2014 with a geology degree and, shortly thereafter, found her way up to Duluth. She has been the head gardener (and beekeeper) at Glensheen for several years. Emily met Louise when she attended the first NE Minnesota Structural Pruning Workshop at UMD. As luck would have it, Emily won the primo donation prize at that workshop – a Makita 12-inch bar, battery-operated chainsaw. In her three months off from Glensheen, Emily is working for Levy Tree Care as head grounds gal, the duties of which include dragging brush, managing climbing and rigging lines, and maintaining equipment at the shop. Be forewarned… Emily can talk your ears off about plants, trees, and bees!

*A free simple vegetarian soup will be provided or you may bring your own.