Spooky Beaver Update – 01-29-2019

Spooky Beavers:

1.  No Trail Work or Work Trip Reports:  We are waiting for clearance from
the PWFP Superintendent as to when we can resume our normal trail
maintenance activities.  Evidently the ban on work extends to the park staff as well until the trail conditions are assessed.  For the Spooky Beavers, the Superintendent wishes to discuss and likely update our expired MOU with the NPS before letting us back on the trails.  In the meantime, please continue to refrain from doing any trail maintenance activities or filing work trip reports until I notify you otherwise.  

If as a public citizen you hike in the park, feel free to send me descriptions and pictures of trail issues you run across. But remember, no trail maintenance work! 

2.  Chain Saw Training – 2 – 3 Mar 2019:  The U.S. Forest Service is offering free chain saw training for new chain saw operators in Edinburg, VA.  See attached emails for more info.  I can provide the necessary helmet and chaps for the training, but note the training requires 8″ tall leather boots.  

You’ll also need to get your First Aid/CPR training as part of the chain saw certification process, but you’ll need to do that on your own through a local vendor such as American Red Cross or online.  It’s available online via the American Heart Association, and then you’ll need to do the hands-on certification locally.

Finally, thanks to John Stacy for offering to put you up at his house in
Capon Springs.  

If you’re interested in doing the training in March, drop me a line or give
me a call.

3.  Final Comments:  Thanks, I know we’re all chomping at the bit to get back on our trail sections.  Be patient.  I’ll keep you updated.

Mark Ellis
District Manager
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
Prince William Forest Park

———- Forwarded message ———
From: ‘Chapman, Stephanie L -FS’ slchapman@fs.fed.us [leedistrictcooperators] <leedistrictcooperators-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 9:24 AM
Subject: [leedistrictcooperators] Chainsaw Class – Lee Ranger District (March 2-3, 2019)

The Lee Ranger District will offer their annual Volunteer Chain Saw Training Course on March 2-3, 2019. 

Who’s this class for?

Everyone is welcome!  This course is for all volunteers interested in receiving their Forest Service chainsaw certification so you can buck/cut up trees as part of your volunteer trail maintenance activities.  If you are not a current volunteer either individually or with a group, you will need to complete an Forest Service Individual Volunteer Agreement prior to taking the course.

When and where is it?

This class will begin on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 8:00 am at the Lee Ranger District Office, 102 Koontz Street, Edinburg, VA.  This is an 8 hr classroom session.  Bring a pack lunch or plan to plan to dash out during your ~30 min. lunch break.

The class on Sunday,  March 3, 2019 will be in the field and will begin at 8:00 am.  Plan to be outside most of the day!  More information for this day will be provided at the Saturday class. 

Great!  I plan to be there…

Please RSVP to the Lee Ranger District office with your intent to attend this course by February 25, 2019.  Call (540) 984-4101 or email me atslchapman@fs.fed.us  Please include a telephone number so we can call you in case of inclement weather.

Hey I just need to be recertifiedor I have questions about the class

Contact Wade Bushong at 540-984-4101; wbushong@fs.fed.us to schedule another day or to get more information. 

Wait!  You’ll need Personal Protective Equipment! (Some of this you can borrow for your field day)

Boots (must be:  Heavy-duty, cut-resistant or leather, waterproof or water repellent, leather, 8-inch-high, laced, with nonskid soles and adequate ankle support.  Hard toes are optional (Health and Safety Code Handbook). )

Forest Service approved Hard Hat

Chainsaw Chaps – talk to Wade Bushong or Jay Collett before you buy them! 

Long Sleeves

Wrap-around Eye Protection

Leather Gloves

Long Pants

Hearing protection

Also, to become certified you’ll need a current First Aid and CPR certification.  While you don’t need CPR/First Aid to take the training, you will not receive your certification card until you’ve had the training. 

If you need more information call (540) 984-4101. 


Stephanie Chapman 
Interpretive Specialist
Forest ServiceGeorge Washington & Jefferson National ForestsLee Ranger District

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