Chainsaw Safety and Operation: Game of Logging Level 1 Certification

  • Friday, December 1, 2023, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Chainsaws are one power tool people can use to manage vegetation. They are efficient and productive and used in different industries. They are common items found in the garage or sheds of homeowners. They are dangerous if not used correctly. All chainsaw users are encouraged to properly maintain their equipment and learn professional standards to reduce the risk for injury when using chainsaws.

Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with Bill Lindloff's ProCuts and the United States Forest Service Finger Lakes National Forest are hosting a Chainsaw Safety and Operation: Game of Logging Level 1 Certification training on Friday, December 1st from 7:30am to sunset at the USFS Finger Lakes National Forest in Hector, NY. This program will be held outside so participants are encouraged to dress properly for the weather. Participants are required to bring a chainsaw along with sharpening and maintenance tools. Also required is personal protective equipment (PPE) including a hard hat, chainsaw protective chaps, and eye protection that satisfies the ANSI Z87.1 standard. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch to eat in the field during the training. Participants will earn a Game of Logging Level 1 certificate after completing the entire day of training.

This training is open to anyone that wants to learn about chainsaw safety and maintenance. It will focus 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.

“This chainsaw training is a great opportunity for any chainsaw operator, and we are lucky to have Bill Lindloff’s ProCuts deliver the training,” said Ryan Staychock, educator for Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension. Staychock added, “I have taken this training, and it’s helped me to safely use a chainsaw.”

The program fee is $165.00 and registration is required. Space is limited to 10 people. Registration will be canceled if payment is not received within 48 hours. Visit to register and for more information. For questions or if you do not not have access to the internet, contact Ryan Staychock at 315-539-9251 ext. 110 or at





Ryan Staychock
Environmental/Natural Resources Educator for Cayuga, Schuyler, & Seneca CCE
315-539-9251 ext. 110

Last updated October 31, 2023