Game of Logging 2017

Levels I and II of the Game of Logging course will be offered on November 11 and 12, 2017, location TBD. To register, contact the Windham County Conservation District directly at (802)689-3024 or

Levels I, II and III of the Game of Logging chainsaw course were offered on July 15, 16, and 22 in Dummerston, taught by instructors from Northeast Woodland Training. To see locations of courses around the state and learn more about NEWT, visit their website:  http://www.woodlandtraining.com/courses.php

The Game of Logging program is designed for novice to advanced chain saw users who have never had formal training. Novices develop safe and productive habits from the start, while experienced chain saw users improve their skills and “unlearn” bad habits and unsafe techniques.

The Game of Logging is a world-recognized training curriculum that teaches chain saw skills. Developed in the 1960s by Soren Eriksson, a Swedish logger turned training instructor, the Game of Logging combines Scandinavian logging techniques with the latest systems for working safely around trees.

The “game” refers not only to the friendly competitive aspect of the training, but also to the necessity of having a winning plan or strategy for felling trees and working safely. The program breaks apart saw work into steps that are practiced throughout the course. A fun scoring system helps focus participants’ attention on the most important details and allows them to measure their progress each day.

The Game of Logging training is hands-on. One instructor works with a group of up to ten participants to ensure that each participant has time to practice the techniques and receive personal feedback. Participants receive individualized coaching at a series of in-the-woods practice stations. The instructor pays close attention to body positioning and other factors that can contribute to unsafe work habits.

By listening to explanations, watching demonstrations, and then practicing techniques, participants come away with better work habits and greater confidence in their ability to safely fell trees and work in the woods.