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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. Students will have a hands-on lesson in chainsaw maintenance, and watch a live demonstration in chainsaw operations. Learn from professionals – Louise Levy and Emily Ford from Levy Tree Care.


Women and Chainsaws 

When: Saturday February 29, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Instructor: Louise Levy and Emily Ford from Levy Tree Care

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

Registration Fee: $75

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). 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.  

OBJECTIVES of the Class

(1) Safety! Safety! Safety!

(2) Love your saw.

(3) Love trees.


What to Bring: 

  1. Bring your chainsaw, if you have one 
  2. Please bring what you need to be warm and comfortable in the classroom and outside: include heavy boots and work gloves.  

LUNCH: WEI will serve coffee/tea in the morning and offer a free vegan soup lunch or you may bring your own lunch.

Instructor Bios:  

Louise Levy – 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 Ford 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!