BCHW/USFS Chain Saw and Crosscut Saw Certification Program


BCHW Sawyer Program Leader

Tony Karniss


USFS National Saw Program Manager: Grododt Apucco

                                                          (Temporary Manager)

Region 6 Supervisor: Aaron Pederson







Forest Service/National Park Service Chainsaw MOA for signature pdf 

Online CPR training course







Incidents and Lessons learned.




Be aware: 

There may be an increase in likelihood of fuel geysering due to a delay in the transition from winter to summer blends at the pump.  Winter blends are more volatile since they are formulated to work in colder weather. The transition to a less volatile summer blend occurs in spring for most areas; however, fuel supplies may be transitioning later than normal due to reduced travel.






Instructor/Evaluators Contact List updated 11/19/2023.



Scheduled Sawyer Certification Classes


Below are the dates for our upcoming certification classes held by our Instructor/Evaluators.  To register for a specific class please use the Sawyer Certification Course Application under Student Resources.  If there is no class listed here, no worries, once you fill out the online Sawyer Certification Course Application you will be contacted about getting certified.


April 6, 2023, Deer Park WA.  Instructors Darrell Wallace and Doug Stewart




Online Sawyer Certification Course Application

Click Here to register for a class.






Chain Saw and Crosscut Training Course Student Guidebook 




                                    TRAINING MODULES:



USDA Forest Service National Sawyer Training "Developing Thinking Sawyers" 




Module #1, Saw Operations

        Module #1    Intro to Saw Operation


Module #2, Chain Saws

        Module #2.1   Intro to Chainsaws

        Module #2.2   Bucking

        Module #2.3   Felling (coming)


Module #3, Crosscut Saws

        Module #3.1   Crosscut Saw Basics

        Module #3.2   Coming  







Saws that Sing: A Guide to using Crosscut Saws


An Ax to Grind    


“One Moving Part: The Forest Service Axe Manual"                   






Additional Update for PPE


Saw Incident Report                          


List of Crosscut Filers



BCHW Sawyer Class Online Registration Process Flow Chart New Chart coming






BC Faller Training Video

Spring Pole Video

Bucking--Bottom Bind Video

Bucking--Top Bind Video

Bucking--Blow Down Video

Bucking--Angle Cut Video

Situation Analysis Video




 Additional Resources


2017 Saw Program Volunteer Updates

Sawyer FAQ

Wildland Fire Chain Saws Student Workbook

Statewide land manager radio communications frequencies and repeater chart






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BCHW/USFS  Chain Saw and Crosscut Saw Certification Program

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