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New BCC Course Focuses on Chainsaw Safety, Productivity
Nov 12, 2008

The Game of Logging (GOL), widely acknowledged as the premier chainsaw and timber harvesting training program in the country, will be offered as a new noncredit workshop beginning this month at Berkshire Community College.

GOL training combines demonstration with hands-on participation to teach safety, productivity, conservation, and cutting techniques. Designed for both professional and casual chainsaw users, course participants regularly include owners of forested land, professional loggers, city-parks and utility workers, firemen, foresters, and others interested in learning to use or improve their skills with a chainsaw. GOL training consists of four levels that must be taken in sequence.

Taught by Bill Girard, the course at BCC (WKS 9200) will be held from 8 to 5 on consecutive Saturdays starting with Level 1 on Nov. 22 and ending with Level 4 on Dec. 13.

Girard has 34 years of experience working in the woods. He runs an integrated operation, logging as well as performing residential tree work and land clearing. He also operates a portable sawmill and has provided GOL training since 2001.

Registration costs $150 per level or $600 for all four levels. Participants must bring a hard hat, eye and ear protection, boots, and beverages and a lunch. If they have them, participants should also bring their own chaps and chainsaw. If not, a chainsaw and chaps will be provided.

For more information, or to register, call BCC's Office of LifeLong Learning at 413-236-2122.




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