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Mt Hood National Forest Chainsaw “C” Sawyer Bucking Workshop(5 Days)

July 7 at 3:00 pm - July 11 at 4:30 pm

This will be an instruction/training event to offer more complex bucking opportunities for sawyers looking to advance in their skill levels

Crew Leaders: Tyson Cross

Hike Distance: up to 4+ mi per day (PCT from Lolo Pass to Preachers Peak)

Elevation Gain: 800ft +

Hike Difficulty: Moderate

Work Difficulty: Moderate

Work Description: “C” Sawyer Bucking Workshop

Click here to learn what you need to know before registering for this event.

Project Overview:

USFS and TKO are collaborating and preparing to lead two advanced “C” bucker workshop events in the Mt Hood National Forest in July. The focus of this event will be chainsaw training and evaluation of C buckers and C bucker evaluators. There will be opportunities for crosscut training and evaluations at this event as well. Please specify if your focus is on crosscut, chainsaw, or both by sending an email to Tyson Cross ( The beginning part of the training will be focusing on teaching evaluation techniques, and the second part of the training will be focused on performing real evaluations of C Buckers and C Bucker Evaluators. We will have evening “Campfire” presentations including crosscut saw and chainsaw sharpening demonstrations. We will also teach technical skills such as wedge jacking, using jacks and rigging, bore cut techniques and proper swamping.

This event will host 20 participants, and have a minimum cadre of 5 instructors. Most of the participant slots will be provided to partner organizations and we will make every effort possible to include as many partners as we can. We will also hold a couple of slots for Key USFS personnel from the Mount Hood trails program. This is a Train the Trainer event focused on bolstering the skills of our most active and accomplished sawyers who will be instructing and evaluating future sawyers. Though most of the participants will be C sawyers, we will be bringing in and evaluating promising and actively engaged B sawyers.

This will be a 5-day event and camping for the entire workshop is encouraged. Stay tuned for more details.

Bring your personal saw kit (wedges, axe, pruning saws, lopers, etc}. We will carry tread tools (pick mattock, other…).

Hiking information:

The huckleberry trail is smooth and wide, with very few protrusions/obstacles. The trail climbs continuously for over a mile and has a steady grade to it without much break. We will be dispersed camping and backpacking, so people will need to be prepared to dig cat holes and LNT camp in a primitive way. We will have a packer available to bring everyone’s overnight gear in when we need to overnight near preachers point. Expect heavy mosquito activity. I would recommend long sleeves and pants (required PPE anyway), as well as a head net.

What to expect:

You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours proceeding the event. The crew leader for this event will verify that you have done both of these requirements at the trailhead before the party begins. Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.

Please be prepared to bring self-supporting gear for this multi-day event.

What to bring:

  • Meals for the entire event
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Gloves if you have them (bring a 2nd in case it is raining)
  • Depending on the number of saw teams, we will divide up tools.
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Flashlight
  • Cooking Stove
  • Toiletry Supplies (LNT)

What to wear:

  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools. No tennis shoes allowed!)
  • Work gloves
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • Hard hats
  • Face Mask
  • Extra warm clothes. It might get chilly at night.


Camping location or locations are to be determined at a later date. Most likely near Preachers Peak. It is important to note that camping accommodations will be primitive. Please plan accordingly and bring supplies for LNT cat hole, or WAG Bag bathroom situation.

Directions to Meeting Location:

To Be Determined.

Questions about how to sign up for this event?

Please contact Tyson Cross ( from Mount Hood National Forest, Hood River Ranger District Wilderness Trail and Off Highway Vehicle Manager to get the access code to sign up for this event. You can also email TKO Saw Program Coordinator Vito Perrone ( if you have any questions regarding issues with using the Eventbrite platform.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times from 1853 – 1871. We are privileged to be here today & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.

EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target individuals or groups will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical & emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe – interrupt directly, tell a crew leader &/or complete the post-event survey.


Zigzag North Compound
70220 US-26
Zigzag, OR 97049 United States
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