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TKO Saw School – Spring “Tune-up” Refresher

July 8, 2020 at 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) invites you to our crosscut Spring “Tune Up”  where participants can renew and 

Crew Leaders: Vito P., Pat K., Guy H.

Hike Distance: up to 0.1 miles
Elevation change: up to 100ft.
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Work Difficulty: Easy
Work Description: Crosscut Sawyer Spring Refresher

This is a one-day event for new sawyers with some “hands-on” crosscut experience and our existing cert’ed A or B sawyers.  This workshop is limited to 12 people total and will be held outside for C-19 mitigation, but keep an eye on registrations as cancellations can happen and spots could then open up as late as 6PM the night before the event.   

For our new, un-certified sawyers, this course will be count for your 4-hr first day “field classroom” portion of the FS-sawyer certification course hours.  

We are planning an update 2-hr morning classroom discussion of crosscut saw safety, hazard and situational awareness, the OHLEC process, log binds, and a detailed discussion of log complexity issues.  The afternoon session is a hands-on field discussion (where we saw some logs) of all these saw team parameters. 

We will meet at the Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp (see ) at 8:30 am.  Arrive early so we can start promptly.

Project Fitness Level Required:

Crosscut saw trail work can be physically demanding.  If you have participated in a number of trailparties in the past, you will have an idea of the physical demands of a crosscut saw team.

Hiking Information:
Our work area is nearby the MHKC parking area.  Contact if you have questions.

What to expect:

A mandatory detailed TKO logout safety discussion will be held each day before field work begins.

Potential cancellation:

The crew leaders may decide to cancel the work party, based on weather conditions. We will not work in high winds or potential snow storm events. If the snow is too deep to safely saw, we will postpone this event. Volunteers are advised to check for e-mails the night before and morning of in case there are unanticipated work party cancellations.

What to bring – Bring your lunch, snacks and plenty of water, your PPE including safety glasses, disinfecting wipes, and a trash disposal bag for your wipes.

What to wear:
 – Hiking boots: please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools througout the day. Boots should be a heavy-duty, cut-resistant or leather, with non-skid soles and, at a minimum, cover your ankles.
 – Sturdy work gloves (more than one pair is a good idea, loaners will NOT be available)
 – Long sleeved shirt required
 – Rain gear as appropriate for the weather

 – TKO will NOT provide hard hats or safety glasses if you do not have your own due to C-19 restrictions.

Required Viewing:

If you get a chance, view the seven intermediate saw videos (10-12 mins each) in preparation for this refresher course.  See

Directions to the Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp:

Follow the google map directions:  MHK, 83500 E. Kiwanis Camp Road, Government Camp, Oregon 97028

Please contact if you have any questions.


July 8, 2020
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp
83500 E. Kiwanis Camp Road, Government Camp, Oregon 97028
Government Camp, OR 97028 United States
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