Logger & Forester Training
The WAC Forestry Program supports training for loggers to promote professional timber harvesting on watershed lands for a variety of reasons. Trends in other parts of New York and the United States indicated that trained loggers are a key component to gaining certification for private woodlots. Secondly, a trained logger is a safer logger with fewer injuries in the woods and better preparedness should an emergency occur. Finally, the WAC Forestry Program and its partners believe that a logger with a better understanding of sustainability and water quality will make the right choices when it comes to harvesting decisions.
In partnership with the New York City DEP, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County, and New York Logger Training, Inc., the WAC Forestry Program works with regional loggers to provide the three courses necessary to earn “Trained Logger Certification” (TLC). The classes – Forest Ecology & Silviculture, First Aid/CPR/AED, and Chainsaw Safety – all must be completed in order to earn the voluntary TLC. In addition to promoting the certification of new loggers the WAC Forestry Program also encourages continuing participation in Trained Logger Certification. In order to meet this goal two additional workshops covering topics such as log bucking for quality and advanced logger rescue are held each year to provide opportunities for continuing education credits that allow loggers to maintain their certification. Click here for a schedule of TLC courses in the Catskill/Lower Hudson Region.
In addition to organizing training opportunities for regional loggers the WAC Forestry Program also provides continuing education opportunities for Consulting Foresters throughout the Catskill/ Delaware and Croton watersheds. These training opportunities cover topics such as riparian area management, wildlife management and the implementation of innovative Best Management Practices.