Sawyer Program BCHW/USFS


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.






Certified Sawyer Evaluators (C-SE) Contact List updated 6/8/2024.



Scheduled Sawyer Certification Classes


Below is a link to the current dates for our upcoming certification classes held by our Instructor/Evaluators.  To register for a specific class please use the Sawyer Certification Course Application below the dates.  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.


To see a list of the scheduled Sawyer Certification Classes

Click Here


Online Sawyer Certification Course Application

Click Here to register for a class.


For USFS Important Documents to include: 

  • USFS Volunteer Service Agreements and associated Documents
  • Job Hazard Analysis 







Chain Saw and Crosscut Training Course Student Guidebook 







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 #3, Crosscut Saws

        Module #3.1   Crosscut Saw Basics

        Module #3.2   Crosscut Saw Limbing and Bucking 


Module #4, Ax Basics, maintenance and Use


Module # 6, Wedges 







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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Sawyer Program BCHW/USFS