ELIZABETH, Ill. – The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association will sponsor two chain-saw safety courses: beginners on Sept. 24, and advanced on Sept. 25, both from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Jim Breed farm, 3446 Long Hollow Road, near Elizabeth.

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 techniques. Courses consist of classroom instruction and outside hands-on saw operation. 

Course cost for the general public is $70 per person, with a $10 discount if registering before Sept.12. Each class is limited to the first eight applicants. Register by calling Tom Arnold at 815-858-2407 or email at arnoldfarm@juno.com. Attendees must bring their own lunch, chain saw, leather work boots, and gloves. A safety helmet with both face shield and hearing protection as well as chain saw chaps are recommended.

The instructor is Jay Hayek, University of Illinois forestry specialist, an accredited instructor in the Safety and Wood Workers training.

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