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Low Impact Forestry Workshops

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Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 15-18, 2018
MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center

Introduction to LIF – $100
Logging with Draft Animals – $300
Logging with Hand Tools & Small Machinery – $300
Chainsaw Safety – $200 ($150 for MOFGA members)



Two-day Chainsaw Safety Class
November 16 & 17, 2018
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine

Class description


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Introduction to Low Impact Forestry – $100

(Prerequisite for the logging tracks shown below)

This introductory course is intended to bring everyone up to speed on LIF principles and practices. For some participants it may be a review, but for others this will be a day full of new information. We will cover a diverse array of topics ranging from silviculture to woodland ecology, but also including logging equipment, legal considerations of forestry activities, creation of management plans, and more. This course will be taught by loggers, landowners, and foresters. We will do some work at the Common Ground Woodlot in Unity, but we will also visit neighboring woodlots to learn more about woodlot management styles and options. The workshop will include instruction and practice on topics including:

* Managing woodlands for sustained economic and ecological value
* Planning and carrying out timber harvests
* Woodland species ID and characteristics
* Minimizing residual stand damage
* Adding value to your forest products

The cost of this one-day course is $100.

Call the MOFGA office for information about registration


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 15-18

Choose one of the following two tracks:

Logging with Draft Animals – $300

Logging with Hand Tools and Small Machinery – $300

Students must have completed the Introduction to Low Impact Forestry either this year or last to take this course.

Students in the draft animal track will begin the weekend with the foundations of draft animal care, and developing working relationships. Students will learn about or review draft animal care, health, and maintenance. We will also spend time learning the basics of driving a working animal – terminology, equipment, harnessing, voice and body commands, etc.. During the latter half of the weekend students will work side by side with their instructors to gain confidence driving animals through obstacle courses of varying difficulty. Weather permitting, students who feel comfortable will have a chance towards the end of the course to spend some time in the woodlot moving logs. All students will have an opportunity to drive different sorts of animals, using different equipment, pulling different loads, and get different types of feedback.

Students in the small machinery and hand tools track will begin with the simplest types of mechanical advantage provided by human-powered hand tools. Throughout the duration of the course students will build upon their understanding of levers, pulleys, and mechanical advantage and will apply them in various situations. By the end of the course students will have been exposed to the benefits and limits of tools ranging from a peavey to a tractor-powered winch. The goal of this course is to understand the need to match the size and scope of machinery to the goals and skills of the operator. There are many tools out there that will make harvesting and moving wood easier; the difficult part is choosing the one that will best suit your skills and needs.


Details: Registration fees include full board, including mid-morning snack each day. Camping or cot space is available. Details will be provided with registration confirmation.

Call the MOFGA office for information about registration


Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form by October 1st.

Please contact Hannah Murray, MOFGA LIF Specialist, with any questions.