Sharpening Chainsaw Chain Webinar by Northeast Woodland Training, Jan 21

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Sharpening Chainsaw Chain Webinar by Northeast Woodland Training
January 21, 2021
7 PM

Northeast Woodland Training will be offering a webinar on sharpening chainsaw chain.
John Adler will explain, in great detail, the mechanics of how saw chain works.
The goals of this webinar will be-

  • Understanding the 5 different parts of a cutter tooth and how they work together to make a chip of wood.-
  • Why are there different styles of chain.
  • How to sharpen saw chain for maximum performance in your cutting application.

John will be available to answer questions regarding your saw chain.
Please register for this Zoom webinar presented by NEWT and hosted by VT Woodlands Association.
When: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Proposed changes to the LEAP Curriculum

With the development of the VT Logger Safety & Workers Compensation Insurance Program, (see the announcement in this e-News), the LEAP Board of Directors is proposing some additional safety-related workshops to be part of the required curriculum.

These workshops are safety oriented and will have two different tracts, one for the Mechanized Logger and one for the Non-Mechanized Logger. For the Mechanized Logger - the workshops will likely be Mechanized Safety Training. For the Non-Mechanized Logger – Levels 1-4 of the Game of Logging. Also for both of these groups – Advanced Logger Safety will be a requirement.

The goal of making these a requirement of the program is the need to help this industry be safer! Efficiency, Production and Professionalism are important but they cannot be sustained if we are not able to come home at the end of the day.
Stay tuned for more information.

David Birdsall
VT LEAP Program
41 Northrup Road
Middletown Springs VT 05757

VT Logger Safety & Workers' Compensation Insurance Program (LSWC) Update
2020 saw a delay in providing LSWC safety workshops and job site evaluations as a result of COVID-19 related cancellations and travel restrictions.  Work was able to continue on development of Vermont specific materials for several safety training workshops under contract with the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands and the Master Logger Program.  Materials have now been finalized and the revised curriculum will be presented during future workshops.
In the fall, two in-person Forest Operations Supervisor: Supervising for Safety workshops were held, following all COVID-19 guidance which significantly restricted attendance.  A total of 18 individuals from 14 companies completed the training.  In addition, job site safety evaluations were conducted for 7 companies (21 individuals) that met training requirements in 2019 before tightened travel restrictions halted the visits.  Final certifications are pending but it is anticipated that final "Safety Certified" status will be confirmed early in 2021 for those that were successfully evaluated.
Tentative planning is underway to hold Introduction to Mechanized Logger Safety, Advanced Logger Safety and Game of Logging classes during 2021; COVID Guidelines permitting.  Watch for updates later this winter.
Information and resources related to the LSWC Program, and Workers’ Compensation Insurance in general, geared to loggers, foresters and landowners can be found at: or by calling or emailing Paul Frederick, Forest Economy Program, at (802) 777-5247 or

The Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP) Program is a not-for-profit educational organization that strives to remain non-political. LEAP recognizes that the logging profession is an essential link between Vermont woodlands and forest industry. Along with landowners and foresters, loggers are partners in managing our forests for wood, water, wildlife and recreation. Vermont's forests have a legacy of providing these resources and are capable of sustaining these public benefits if properly managed. We see education as offering a positive approach, bringing everyone together to reach this common goal. The LEAP program is an instrument to encourage life-long learning among loggers. We will strive to promote professionalism through education and instill a stewardship ethic among loggers. The outcome of this endeavor, we envision, will be a well managed and productive forest landscape, and a positive public perception of the logging profession.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 7:00pm