FROM FOREST TO FRAME: INTRODUCTION TO TIMBER FRAMING
Taught by Will Wallace-Gusakov of Goosewing Timberworks and David Brynn of Vermont Family Forests, the course offers a hands-on introduction to timber framing, from timber selection in the forest, through felling, milling (via portable sawmill), hand-hewing, and joinery. The three-day course, which begins May 16, will culminate on the summer solstice, when participants will raise the finished timber frame—a small pavilion that will support The Watershed Center’s outdoor education programs. Great course, limited openings, so register soon!

For more information, visit
http://www.familyforests.org/public-education/events.shtml.
   
SWAT - A Business Innovation Workshop for Loggers, Hardwick VT
SWAT – Strengthening What’s Already There!
A Business Innovation Workshop for Loggers
North – May 13, 2015, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Green Mountain Technical Career Ctr, Hardwick VT
In this full-day workshop, you will learn how to:
Innovate
Manage time
Improve your process
Strengthen employee engagement
Analyze logging job costs
And understand what the most innovative and successful logging contractors are doing in the Northern Forest today!
Workshop designed and presented by:
Jeffrey Benjamin, University of Maine
Steve Bick, Northeast Forests, LLC
Wendy Farrand, Wfarrand Consulting
Rene Germain, SUNY-ESF
Directions: North – Green Mountain Technical Career Center, 126 Hazen Union Drive, Hardwick VT, (GMTCC), From the center of Hardwick turn North on North Main Street, go ¼ mile, pass Hazen Union High School, turn Left into driveway of GMTCC.
Cost: $35, cost includes LUNCH.

   
SWAT - A Business Innovation Workshop for Loggers, Brattleboro VT
SWAT – Strengthening What’s Already There!
A Business Innovation Workshop for Loggers
South – May 12, 2015, 8:00 am -4:00 pm, Cersosimo Lumber, Brattleboro VT
In this full-day workshop, you will learn how to:
Innovate
Manage time
Improve your process
Strengthen employee engagement
Analyze logging job costs
And understand what the most innovative and successful logging contractors are doing in the Northern Forest today!
Workshop designed and presented by:
Jeffrey Benjamin, University of Maine
Steve Bick, Northeast Forests, LLC
Wendy Farrand, Wfarrand Consulting
Rene Germain, SUNY-ESF
Directions: South- Cersosimo Lumber 1103 Vernon Street, Brattleboro VT

Cost: $35, cost includes LUNCH.

   
Portable Skidder Bridge Workshop
Cyr Lumber , 215, Poor Farm Road, Milton, VT 05468
9-4pm

Why use one, Where to Rent one, How to build one!

To inquire about the Winooski Conservation District's portable skidder Bridge rental program or to register for the workshop, please contact Sophie Sauve at 802-828-4493 x110 or sophie@winooskinrcdorg


   
Maple, to Tap or Cut, Tinmouth VT
“Maple, to Tap or Cut?”
South –May 8th, 2015: 8:00 am- 3:00 pm at the Old Fire House, Tinmouth, VT
An appropriately timed workshop to help identify what a healthy sugar bush looks like, when that tree might be better to tap or cut and how to improve road and tubing systems. Information will be presented showing when a Maple tree is more valuable as a Sap producer vs. a Lumber producer. A Presentation on the Silviculture of a healthy Sugar Bush. And suggestions for creating appropriate woods roads into areas that need access during the worse time of year to be in the woods. Inside presentations in the morning followed by an afternoon in the Bush. Speakers include Michael Farrell, Ph.D. of Cornell University, Nancy Patch, Franklin & Grand Isle County Forester, Dave Wilcox, Dept F.P.&R. and JR Sloan of Green Mountain Mainline.

Directions: South – May 8th: Old Fire House, Tinmouth, VT: From Wallingford on US RT 7, take RT 140 West 5 miles to Tinmouth, park in Church parking lot. From West Rutland take RT 133 South to RT 140, then East 3 miles to Church parking lot.
Cost: $60 / $50 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch.

   
How much money is in that log? Hardwick, VT
“How much money is in that log?”
North –May 6, 2015: 8:00 am -3:00 pm at Green Mountain Technical Career Ctr. Hardwick, VT
How do you get the most money out of that hardwood tree? We will have logs already sawn to see actual defects as they progress through the stem and log buyers will talk about maximizing value yield. An important workshop to improve log bucking skills and to better understand grading specs for hardwood sawmills.

Directions: North – Green Mountain Technical Career Center (GMTCC), Hazen High School, Hardwick, VT: From the center of Hardwick turn north on North Main Street, go ¼ mile, Pass Hazen Union High School, turn left into driveway of GMTCC.
Cost: $40/ $30 for Current VFPA members. Please bring lunch, hardhat & ear protection.

   
NH Professional Logger Program Workshops
NH Professional Logger Program has graciously offered the ability for VT LEAP loggers to attend their workshops at their member rate. Please check out their offerings and let them know if you are interested in attending. VT LEAP loggers need to send verification of attendance if taking any of their workshops to receive LEAP credits.

Contact this website for a listing of workshops offered this Spring - www.nhtoa.org
   
Game of Logging - for Loggers
The Game of Logging
This training is directed to Professional Loggers. These techniques have proven to increase production and safety in the woods. 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 and productively around trees.

Four Days/Levels of Safety & Skills Training: 

The entire Game of Logging program is broken into four separate days. Day 1 provides an overview of chain saw safety and covers tree felling. Day 2 covers saw maintenance and chain sharpening techniques and provides another opportunity for tree felling.
 Days 3 and 4 build on the first two days and present techniques for felling difficult trees, including trees with side and back lean. Days 3 & 4 also cover limbing and bucking techniques and systems for planning work.
Level 1 – June 2nd Level 2 – June 6th Level 3 – September 8th Level 4 – September 15th
Level 5 –September 19th: Level 5 is designed for the logger who has taken all four levels in the past. This day will incorporate a review of the first four Levels and add many techniques that go beyond the basics.
Location will be determined depending on participants.

For more information and to Register go to Northeast Woodland Training’s website: www.woodlandtraining.com





   
Game of Logging Level 5 for Loggers
L5 is both a refresher of all the four levels and will add much new material from sawyers around the country.
Levels 1-4 are a pre-requisite.

Contact Nate Fice at: www.woodlandtraining.com for more details


   
To become a member of the Vermont Forest Products Association
To become a member of the
Vermont Forest Products Association
Your membership can be paid through the VFPA website at www.vtfpa.org using a debit/credit card or print off a membership application and mail to:
Vermont Forest Products Association
P.O. Box 110
Coventry, Vermont 05825
Or contact :
Barb Ross
Administrative Assistant
802-461-5688

   
Game of Logging - for Loggers
Bristol, VT VT Family Forests presents:

Game of Logging Level I (Thursday April 2) and Game of Logging Level II (Thursday, April 9). Game of Logging Level III (Thursday April 16) needs two more students to launch!

For more information about any of these HCC offerings, visit http://www.familyforests.org/public-education/events.shtml.