OSI MTDC Chainsaw Training and Certification Workshop at Meeker

Using the Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) Curriculum, trainees were recommended for certification up to a “B” Sawyer skill level for Felling and Bucking. Certification level was at the discretion of the workshop evaluator based on demonstrated field proficiency and is not guaranteed.

Meeker is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Rio Blanco County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 2,475 at the 2010 United States Census.

What is Meeker Co known for?
About 225 miles west of Denver, at an elevation of 6,400 feet and adjacent to the White River, lies the small mountain community of Meeker. It is known for its ranching and access to hunting and fishing areas, as well as other outdoor recreation hotspots, including the nearby Flat Tops.

Chainsaw Utility for Environmentalism
Whether they’re used for thinning fuel loads in forests, removing invasive species, clearing blowdowns or much more, chainsaws are an indispensable tool in many different natural resource and trail management applications.

Course Overview
The focus of this 3-day workshop was on saw safety; bucking, limbing, and felling principles and techniques; and included an overview of the tools of the trade as well as tool care and maintenance; hazard analysis and situational awareness; and lots on sawing safety!

About Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI)
Originally created in collaboration with other organizations, OSI offers affordable, in-depth training courses for volunteers and employees from any organization to learn or improve their stewardship skills and prepare for a variety of leadership roles. Approximately 300 people each year receive OSI training in topics such as volunteer crew leadership; trail design, construction, and maintenance; ecological, habitat, and fire restoration; crosscut saw skills and more. OSI is a program of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), the state’s oldest, largest, and leading outdoor stewardship nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.voc.org/osi or call 303-715-1010.