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TKU Saw School: Crosscut Saw Recertification (1 Day)

May 12 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

USFS-sanctioned Crosscut Saw- bucking only – Recertification (1 day)

Saw Instructors: Jessie L. – Dave A.

Max Size of Crew: 10

Hike Distance: < 3 miles.

Elevation Gain: < 500 ft.

Hike Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Work Difficulty: Moderate

Work Description: Sawyer Recertification

Land Manager: Deschutes National Forest

District: Sisters Ranger District

This TKO Saw School training event is for Deschutes NF trail volunteers that are looking to receive recertification in crosscut saw or advancement to the B level. Please contact Vito Perrone (vito.perrone@trailkeepersoforegon.org) or Jessie Larson (jessica.larson@usda.gov ) if you would like to register for this event.

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

Crosscut Saw Bucking Recertification (1 day): You must be at least 16 years old to attend. Every saw operator must be certified to ensure safe and quality work. This session is for those that have a previous crosscut saw certification and are looking to get recertified or those who are pursuing advancement in their current certification. The course will cover key safety procedures and best practices for clearing trails effectively in challenging and potentially hazardous situations.

**A current First Aid and CPR certification is required to attend the field evaluation of this event and for saw certifications to be valid.** TKO staff, volunteers, professionals, and USFS staff cannot use crosscut saws or chainsaws unless they hold a recognized and valid sawyer certification, First Aid, and CPR card. You can enter your current or expired saw certification information and First Aid/CPR certification by clicking on this link. Sawyer Certification Record.

Note: Please bring work gloves, safety glasses, and hard hats. Some of these PPE items can be provided by TKO staff if needed. Please contact vito.perrone@trailkeepersoforegon.org if you have any questions.

Potential cancellation: We will not work in the field if the weather is not safe for our team.

Directions: Directions will be provided to participants as we get closer to the scheduled event dates.

What to bring:

  • Food for the entire event.
  • Plenty of water for the event.
  • Snacks
  • Gloves, Safety Glasses, Hard Hat
  • Hand Sanitizer

What to wear:

  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools. Boots must cover your ankles. No tennis shoes allowed.)
  • Work gloves
  • A long-sleeved shirt is a requirement
  • Long pants are required
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather


More information will be sent out in emails as we get closer to the scheduled event dates.


Please contact Vito Perrone (vito.perrone@trailkeepersoforegon.org) or Jessie Larson (jessica.larson@usda.gov ).  Send an email if you want to join our waitlist for this workshop.

Additional Information:

Check out the TK-U Saw School page for more info.

Free online crosscut course from the University of Montana.

Saws That Sing. A guide to using crosscut saw.

One moving part: The Forest Service Ax Manual

COVID-19 Information:

**You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event, provide proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test result, and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours preceding the event.** The crew leader for this event will verify that you have completed these requirements at the trailhead safety talk before the trail party begins. The registration confirmation and pre-event emails will contain further details and links.

In accordance with civil authority restrictions and land manager requirements for safety considerations, the following policies are currently in place:

• All volunteers will read and sign the TKO Volunteer Waiver updated for COVID-19 for release and indemnity of TKO and the land manager partner. The link will be provided in your registration confirmation.

• Volunteers, please bring your own gloves, cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and hardhat.

• No carpools will be arranged by TKO for the time being.

For a complete list of Covid specific safety measures, see our safety manual, available here.

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.


Sisters Ranger Station – Deschutes National Forest
201 North Pine Street
Sisters, OR 97759 United States
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