Welcome to Riveredge’s Conservation Academy!

This new interdisciplinary approach to understanding our landscape links field ecology practices with land management skills. A variety of courses will be offered throughout the year including several certification levels of Safety and Woods Worker Training (SAWW).  Depending on the course, class content will typically be geared towards adults but in some cases families and children will be welcome to join in on the fun.

Winter Identification and Management of Native & Invasive Species

Friday, Jan. 25 2019, 9am-3pm

Learn how to identify, manage and monitor trees and shrubs during the dormant

season with Riveredge restoration ecologists and UW Extension weed specialists. This field course will take place almost entirely outside, so please dress for the weather and please bring your own lunch. Free invasive plant identification/management guides will be provided!

Cost: $55 per Riveredge Member/$65 per nonmember

Oak System Restoration: Planning & Field Dynamics

Friday, Feb. 22 2019, 9am-3pm

Build resiliency into your restoration by gaining the skills needed to correctly identify individual crop-tree release opportunities, identify & manage disease, market forest by-products, increase diversity, remove invasive species, capture baseline metrics, set wildlife outcomes, identify funding sources, and correctly prescribe heavy equipment.

Cost: $45 per Riveredge Member/$55 per nonmember

Registration coming soon!

SAWW Level 1 TrainingSAWW workshop

TBD (Spring 2019)

Part one of a four level series through the Safety and Woods Working training program (SAWW). Participants in Level 1 training will spend time both outside and in the classroom, practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably, and productively. Topics include: personal protective equipment (PPE) body mechanics, chainsaw safety features, the chain and the cutter tooth, reactive forces, planning and executing tree felling, limbing, and bucking, introductory bore cutting and open face felling. Hands-on training gives participants the opportunity to fell at least one tree. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment; helmets are mandatory.

Cost: $120 per Riveredge Member/$135 per nonmember

SAWW Level 2 Training  IMG_20150929_115753791_HDR

TBD

Participants in Level 2 SAWW training will spend time both outside and in the classroom, practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably, and productively. Topics covered include: basic chainsaw maintenance, review of the cutter tooth and hands-on sharpening, introduction to wedges, planning and executing tree felling, planning and executing limbing and bucking. Level 2 participants will sharpen their own saws, may fell trees against lean, and learn advanced bucking techniques. Hands-on training gives participants the opportunity to fell or buck at least one tree. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment; helmets are mandatory.

Cost: $120 per Riveredge Member/$135 per nonmember

SAWW Level 3 Training

TBD

Participants in Level 3 training will spend most of the day in the field practicing techniques to operate chainsaws safely, comfortably and productively. Topics covered include review of information from Levels 1 & 2, focus on planning and executing difficult tree felling, precision at the stump, and planning and executing limbing and bucking. Participants in Level 3 participants should be fully equipped and prepared to work with and maintain their own chainsaw. Hands-on training gives participants the opportunity to fell and limb or buck at least one tree. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment; helmets are mandatory.

Participants must be prepared to work and bring their own personal protective equipment, chainsaw(s) and tools for maintenance.

Cost: $120 per Riveredge Member/$135 per nonmember