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USFS Cross Cut Saw Training and Certification

In order to use a Two Person Cross Cut Saw on a trail maintenance trip you need to be certified by the USFS. This will be the only certification opportunity in the Twin Cities in 2013. At present we are not aware that certification will be offered in N.E. Minnesota this year.

US Forest Service trainers will once again come down to Bunker Hills Park in Blaine, MN. Sessions are held in the Bunker Hills Campground Visitor Center.

Space is limited to 30 participants, so sign up soon. Be sure to answer the questions giving us your full name, contact info: email address & phone #, and organizations (TCHMU, BRTMU, Rovers, etc.)

A copy of the Chain Saw and Crosscut Saw Training Course Student's Guidebook is available as a pdf download from the United States Forest Service.

We'll be outside in the afternoon so wear clothing appropriate to the weather, plus leather boots and work gloves. Saws, Hard Hats, Hearing Protection, Eye Protection, and safety Chaps will be provided.

You may also want to consider attending the Chain Saw and Brushcutter familiarization course to be held on Sunday, April 7th. We'll teach you the basics of running both pieces of equipment safely and effectively and give you a head's up on what to expect during the Chain Saw Certification process.

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  • Eric

    Sorry! I sure hope somebody can take my spot.

    April 12, 2013

  • Matt

    Sorry for the late notice but I was just looking at my certification and it is good for another year so I will open up my spot for some one else on the waiting list.

    April 10, 2013

  • James W.

    Just realized my cert expires in 2014, see you next year!

    April 8, 2013

  • Beth D.

    I will be unable to attend this year. Thank you

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out with leg injury from vac :-( Will have to try for next year.

    March 21, 2013

  • Ed S.

    The USFS now has an overall limit of 25 people per day. I've placed a temporary limit of 18 from this site until I can get a handle on how many people have signed up on the TC Hiking site and directly to our coordinator from the SHTA, BWAC, Kek, etc. Keep in mind that Saturday is now for Chain Saw only and Sunday is now for Cross Cut Saw. We provide On the job safety and operating training for brushcutters so you can still run them without being certified by the USFS.

    March 12, 2013

  • Ed S.

    Ron Talbot from Rovers will be joining us.

    March 11, 2013

  • Don

    Is the cert course April 13th AND 14th (2 days), or April 13th OR 14th (1 day)?

    January 12, 2013

    • Don

      So, if I want to ensure getting certified with both chainsaw and crosscut saw, should I sign up for both days?

      January 13, 2013

    • Ed S.

      Just to make sure that you can get certified for both, I would recommend that you sign up for both on Saturday and then if the instructors run out of time and you end up not being able to test for both, go back on Sunday for the other. Three years ago I was able to take and pass the hands on X/C Saw test after finishing the Chain Saw test. The idea is for those that want both, to get tested for their 1st one as early as possible in order to get in line for testing for the other. The USFS will hopefully once again have multiple instructors for each.

      January 13, 2013

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