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Jo Daviess County: Chainsaw Safety Course

  • September 27, 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Arnold Farm near Elizabeth

The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association (NIFA) will sponsor a day-long Chain Saw Safety course Tuesday, September 27th, at the Tom and Jessica Arnold Farm near Elizabeth.  The course will be led by University of Illinois Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences forestry specialist Jay Hayek.  This training is designed to teach novice and seasoned saw operators safe operation of gas-powered chain saws.  All participants will be instructed in cutting and felling methods using the open-face directional notch and the bore-cutting technique.  The course consists of both inside classroom instruction and outside hands-on training and saw operation.


  • safety and personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • saw operation, starting, safety features, and body mechanics;
  • cutter tooth parts, basic saw maintenance, and chain filing;
  • saw reactive forces (push, pull, kickback, and attack)
  • the 5-step felling plan
  • safe cutting of spring poles
  • limbing and bucking techniques

Course cost for the general public is $70 per person.  NIFA members and their spouses and their children will receive a $10 discount with another $10 discount for anyone registering before 10 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 14th.  Registration may be made by mailing request & payment to Tom Arnold, 997 N. Salem Rd., Elizabeth IL 61028, calling 815-858-2407, or emailing  To ensure everyone receives hands-on, personal instruction, class size is limited to the first 10 applicants, so register early!  Registration will close at 10 pm, Saturday, Sept. 24th.

Day of class sign-in will begin at 8:00 am with the indoor session starting at 8:30.  Course will end at 4:30 pm.  Bring your own lunch, chain saw, leather work boots, and gloves.  If you have them, bring a safety helmet with face shield and hearing protection and chainsaw chaps.  These items are a must-have to participate.  If you do not have them, indicate so with registration, and they will be provided or shared.

Location: Arnold Farm is located at 997 N. Salem Rd., Elizabeth IL.  From Hwy US 20 in Woodbine (half way between Stockton and Elizabeth), take Scout Camp Rd north near the east edge of town.  Go approx. 5 miles and turn left onto Schapville Rd.  In about 100 yards, take the first left onto Salem Rd.  The farm is 2 miles down on the left side.  Buildings are bordered by an evergreen windbreak.

About the instructor:  Jay Hayek has received over 144 hours of advanced professional chainsaw training through the following nationally recognized programs:  Safety and Wood Workers (SAWW) Training, Game of Logging™, and NWCG’s S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws.  Jay is also the lead chainsaw instructor for NRES 285 – Chainsaw Safety & Directional Felling, a 2-hr undergraduate field course offered at the University of Illinois.  Jay received his B.S. in forestry from the University of Illinois and his M.S. in forest resources (silviculture) from the University of Idaho.

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