Building wildfire resiliency in the communities throughout Minnesota's Arrowhead region.

Chainsaw Operation and Woody Debris Disposal Options Class


  • Friday June 16th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM In classroom instruction.
  • Saturday June 17th, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM In the field overseen instruction on chain saw use and woody debris disposal options.
  • Sunday June 18th, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM In the field overseen instruction on chain saw use and woody debris disposal options.

Main Instructor

Jeff Poenix, MN DNR Wildfire Training Technician

Course Description

Students will be introduced to the function, maintenance and use of internal combustion engine powered chain saws. Field instruction will consist of entry level training of safe use of a chainsaw. Class is specifically for individuals with little or no previous experience in operating a chain saw. This class will be providing a hands on in the field cutting experience. The class will cover various disposal options for hazardous woody debris materials.

Who should attend

Anyone 18 or older who is interested in wildland fire resiliency and forest restoration on their property. Learn how to safely thin trees and dispose of hazardous woody debris.


Field instruction will be outside. Long sleeve shirts, long pants and sturdy boots are required. NO shorts or summer shoes. If you have a chainsaw and Personal Protection Equipment that includes chaps, gloves, helmets and eye protection please bring with you to class. If not, please let us know when you register and we will try to accommodate your needs.


Is FREE but a donation for Camp Esquagama is encouraged. Class size is limited. Rustic lodging is available with pre registration and upon request. Meals provided . Please let us know about any special food requirements.

Please register and agree to the Chainsaw Safety Class Liability Waiver online to attended.


Contact Gloria Erickson at or 218-365-0878.

Register Online

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