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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Chainsaw Safety Training - SAWW Level 1

Event Dates

  • Thursday, 09/26/2024 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10/05/2024 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Event Description

These courses are hosted by Dane County Parks and taught by certified SAWW (Safety and Woods Worker) trainer Luke Saunders. We are hosting Level 1, Level 2Level 3, and Level 101 courses.These are part of the four-level SAWW series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use - here is more information on the SAWW program. These classes meet FISTA standards. Participants must 18 years of age or older by the class date in order to register. 

Level 1 Dates: 

  • Tuesday April 16 - 4318 Robertson Rd., Madison/McCarthy Youth & Conservation Park
  • Thursday September 26 - Indian Lake County Park
  • Saturday October 5 - Stewart Lake County Park


  • Registered Dane County Parks Volunteer (Volunteers must already have a current registration form on file): $50
  • Volunteer for Non-Dane County Parks Land Restoration Agency: $105
  • Private Individual, Non-Volunteer: $140
  • Private Individual, Non-Volunteer - 50% Scholarship/ Financial Assistance: $70

To register: head to our reservation page to view Chainsaw Training details.

  1. Details for each class are found under “Description”. 
  2. You will have to either sign-in or create a new account in order to complete registration. The site should walk you through that process and it should be fairly simple. You’ll have to add your age in order for the system to allow you to register (participants have to be 18 years and older).
    1. Note: participants must complete SAWW Level 1 prior to registering for Level 2.  Likewise complete Level 2 prior to registering for Level 3.

To be added to the notification list for future classes, head to our Email Sign Up and select "Chainsaw Class Interest". 

Support for these classes is provided by the Foundation for Dane County Parks. 

Read our Class Cancellation Policy (PDF)

Event Website


Various park locations - see event website for details.


Claire Lamberg, Volunteer Coordinator,, (608) 516-3703

Categories: Parks, Training, Volunteer