Chainsaw Safety & Certification Workshop

Chainsaw Safety and Certification

Kent Howes, Treadwerks
Friday – Sunday, May 15-17, 8 AM – 4 PM
3 day outdoor workshop
Location: Meet at the Oregon Convention Center, XXX Room for first day,
Outdoor Worksite at Tryon State Park for the majority of the course.

The Session

Chainsaw Instructor TrainingChainsaws are an important tool when building and maintaining trails located in densely forested areas. Corridor clearing is step one in building a trail and this often involves chainsaw use in challenging terrain.

After the trail has been built, there is often maintenance work clearing blow down from wind, ice, snow, or large rain events. Clearing the trail area of hazard trees (snags) is often also the responsibility of trail maintainers.

Chainsaw work clearing downfall and storm damage is regularly handled by trail volunteers due to a lack of in house capacity by many land managing agencies.

This 2.5 day course will provide attendees an excellent overview of all aspects of chainsaw work for trails including: limbing, bucking, and felling operations. The goal of this workshop is to train and certify students in safe chainsaw use. It is designed to help students become familiar with OSHA and Forest Service standards, chainsaw maintenance, required safety equipment, proper saw use, situation awareness, hazard analysis and cutting plan. Successful candidates will be issued a PTBA Chainsaw Operator Certification.

All workshop attendees should bring good work clothes and required PPE (helmet, hearing protection, leather work gloves, eye protection, long sleeve work shirt and leather work boots 7” tall). If you want to bring your own chain saw to work with, please do. Some chainsaws will (and limited PPE) will be provided.

The Presenters

Kent Howes- Owner Treadwerks
PTBA Member since 2008
Non-Profit Mt.Bike Advocate (COTA President) 2 terms
Chair- Oregon Recreational Trails Program Committee
Vice Chair- Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council
Senior Trail Steward Central Oregon Trail Alliance- 22 years

Sam Pinner- Senior Machine operator, Treadwerks
Vice President- HRATS Hood River trail non-profit
Former board member (COTA) Freeride Coordinator
Trail adopter- HRATS/COTA 12 years 


When and Where 

Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, 8 am -5 pm.

Our group will meet at 7:45 am  in the XXX Room of the Oregon Convention Center. We will meet indoors for the first morning. On Saturday and Sunday, we will be primarily outdoors at the Tryon State Park. We will take a shuttle (20 minutes)  from the OCC to Tryon State Park outdoor site.



This workshop costs $350 early registration ($400 after May 1) for this 3 day workshop.

This course has a very high instructor to participant ratio (6:1).

Lodging costs $90/night (single or double occupancy).

Registration is on a first-come basis and is limited to 12 attendees.

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For More Information

Contact: Kent Howes at, or 360-734-7270