Current Programs

Our programs are usually free and open to the public, unless stated otherwise. Many of our program sites are on private property or in remote locations, so please register in advance, if requested, and heed the dress or equipment requirements.

  • Game of Logging -level 3 & 4

    Taught by Northeast Woodland Training

    Level 3b: Saturday, September 12, 2020
    Level 4: Sunday, September 13, 2020

    WRWA is pleased to be able to co-sponsor along with Glenna Young these two advanced levels of the popular Game of Logging (GOL) training. Completion of the first two levels of GOL is a prerequisite for taking these two advanced courses. Level 3b covers basic limbing and bucking and level 4 addresses storm clean-up, for trees under extreme compression/tension or damaged by weather events. The courses will be offered over two days with Level 3b on Saturday and Level 4 following on Sunday.

    Space in the classes is limited to 6-9 participants.  The instructor will be John Adler, Senior Instructor, New England Woodlands Training.  The cost is $190 per participant per day of training. WRWA will provide a $50 rebate per course to WRWA members who successfully complete each course.

    Please bring your own lunch and water. Appropriate clothing is required which consists of long pants and boots, and be prepared for being outside all day in any kind of weather. You are expected to provide your own hard hat, ear/eye protection, safety chaps and a chainsaw with new chain. Click on link for Covid-19 Policy guidelines and what to bring.

    To register, or for more information, contact .

    To confirm your place in the classes, you will be asked to send a check.  Directions to the site will be sent to registered participants.

  • Game of Logging -Level 1 & 2

    Taught by Northeast Woodland Training

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

    Fall Session 2020: Townshend, VT
    Level 1: Saturday, September 26, 2020
    Level II: Sunday, September 27, 2020

    Game of Logging (GOL) is the preeminent course in chainsaw skills and safety. The course was developed in 1960’s by Soren Eriksson, a Swedish logger turned training instructor. The GOL teaches the Scandinavian logging technique and chainsaw safety in a fun system of instruction in groups of no more than ten. The “game” refers not only to the friendly competitive aspect of the training, but also the necessity of having a winning strategy for felling trees and working safely.

    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.

    The Level 1 & Level 2 courses are 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.

    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.

    To Register, please download this document with information and a registration form:GOL-Information-and-Registration-Townsend-Fall-2020-1Download The cost is $200/course but WRWA is providing a $50/course rebate to WRWA members after successful course completion.

    Click for information on the Covid Policy guidelines and what to bring.

    For more information call (802)689-3024
    or email

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