Sawyer Certification Workshops

Posted 2-1-2019

2019 Sawyer Certification Workshops


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Sawyer Certification Program teaches Trail volunteers how to safely operate a chainsaw to remove downed trees and to cut materials needed for Trail projects. We offer no-cost (to the student) training courses, personal protective equipment (PPE), and reimbursement of first-aid/CPR certification costs for MATC member trail maintainers.  For others, the fee is $130 without PPE and FA/CPR reimbursement.


The Maine Appalachian Trail Club is offering the usual spring and fall sessions for 2019 as follows:

  • April 13/14 – Bradford, ME
  • September 28/29 – Bowdoin, ME


If you have an interest in either new certification or re-certification please contact Craig Dickstein at

(207) 672-4983

PO Box 128, Caratunk, Maine 04925


The workshops will be for both new certification and re-certification. The re-certification course will be one day only, the Saturday of the training weekend.  The one-day re-certification class is for Sawyers with a currentLevel B certification.  Since initial certification is for bucking and limbing only, we are also tentativelyoffering sawyers not certified for felling a one day session (Sunday of the training weekend) to learn felling techniques and get certified for that B-level skill set.

If your current certification will expire in the next twelve months, or has recently expired, we urge you to sign-up for a workshop and renew your credentials.  If you have not taken advantage of this valuable training and wish to use a chainsaw on the Trail, then join us for a fun and worthwhile two days.

Chainsaw Certification Class



UPDATED 5/2/19