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TKU Saw School: Crosscut Saw Recertification (1 Day) – Mt Hood

April 24 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

USDA Forest Service National Sawyer Training: Crosscut Saw Recertification (1 Day) Bucking Only

Saw Instructors: Vito P. – Pat K. – Josh D. – Gabe S.

Max Size of Crew: 8

Hike Distance: < 3 miles.

Elevation Gain: < 500 ft.

Hike Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Work Difficulty: Moderate

Work Description: Crosscut Saw Recertification

Land Manager: Mt Hood National Forest

District: Clackamas River Ranger District

What to Expect:

This TKU Saw School training event is for volunteers who are looking to receive recertification in crosscut saw or advancement to the B level. You are required to have a current or recently lapsed saw certification to attend this event. We will start the day with a safety briefing and a quick overview of expectations. We will then head into the field to warm up and then start saw evaluations.

There are only a small amount of tickets available and they will go fast. Please contact Vito Perrone if you have any questions(vito.perrone@trailkeepersoforegon.org).

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 who have a previous crosscut 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 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 First Aid/CPR certification by clicking on this link. FA/CPR 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
  • Face Mask (optional for indoor class, optional for outdoors)
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather


Please contact Vito Perrone (vito.perrone@trailkeepersoforegon.org)

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

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

ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS: TKO seeks to make our events inclusive of people of all backgrounds and abilities. If you would like to discuss potential accommodations to allow for your participation in this event, please click here to complete a short Google survey. TKO staff will then contact you to discuss options. Please note: available accommodations will vary by event and typically need to be requested a minimum of two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, please contact TKO Stewardship Manager Lindsay McIntosh-Tolle at lindsay.mcintosh@trailkeepersoforegon.org.

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 or welcome in the outdoors due to issues like racism, bias, and hate. We commit to being part of the solution to this problem and to enact change. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target any individual or group 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, socioeconomic status.

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

While TKO no longer requires masking/vaccination for its events, we do support those who feel masking is necessary for their own safety. We ask participants to respect the health of folks who wear masks by distancing or wearing a mask while in close proximity.


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