As a Certified Sawyer you are trained and certified to operate a chainsaw on the Finger Lakes Trail System on public lands and some private lands. Chainsaws cannot be used for trail maintenance except by currently certified sawyers. Sawyers are generally restricted to clearing downed trees and branches.
Training is provided by the FLTC. The FLTC may also supply some personal protection equipment but Sawyers are expected to provide their own chainsaw. Sawyers are also required to hold current certification in First Aid, Adult CPR, and Bloodborne Pathogen awareness. The FLTC will assist you in finding training from such organizations as the Red Cross, but you will be responsible for course tuition.
Chainsaw certification is valid for three years and after that time, you may apply for training and recertification.
As a Certified Sawyer, you agree to work on needed trail clearing projects under direction of the trails chairperson of your club or organization or your Sponsor or Regional Trail Coordinator. In addition, you also agree to work on storm damage and similar projects in other regions three times during your certification period.
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