Register Now for October Chainsaw Safety Course


Join Midcoast Conservancy October 26th and27th for this one-and-a-half day course designed for beginners at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Most participants have little or no experience with a chainsaw, though this course is also an effective refresher for more experienced individuals who have developed some bad habits with a saw. This is the gateway course to learning more advanced practices.

The focus of this course is overwhelmingly on safety: safe posture, safe practices, safe clothing, and safe habits. The first half day session will be mostly indoors as instructors provide some basic information about chainsaws, maintenance, safety clothing, introduce participants to good practices, and provide relevant background material. The second day is intended to be a full day of practice and application.

The goal is that each student will leave the course being keenly aware of how to evaluate practices, and equipment for safety. It is also a goal that each student will have the opportunity to operate a chainsaw in a controlled and supervised setting. Most students in the course will practice starting a saw, making straight up-and-down cuts (bucking), felling a tree, and bore cuts. Students’ interests and aptitude always dictate the extent of the course. Some Level I students will practice directional tree felling techniques, if they feel comfortable doing so.

Midcoast Conservancy does not provide overnight accommodations as a part of this workshop, but there are rustic cabins and campsites at HVNC available for rent. Students should come prepared with all the food and water they will need. Cost of course is $130 Midcoast Conservancy Members and $150 Non-Members. For more information or to register, go to or call (207) 389-5150.

Fall Hikes with Midcoast Conservancy

Two Midcoast Conservancy hikes will give participants a chance to take in the glorious Maine fall foliage in October. Friday, October 18th, join Midcoast Conservancy for a hike on Hogback Mountain in Montville from 2-5 pm. At the summit, participants will break for a snack and take in the spectacular views; attendees are encouraged to bring water and binoculars. The hike, which will require moderate skill on some steep inclines, will total about five miles. After the hike, all are welcome to convene at Lake St George Brewing in Liberty for beer and pizza. For more information, go to

On Friday, November 1st, hikers can join Morten Moesswilde for a guided hike through Waldoboro’s town forest. The trails there pass through an ancient hemlock forest and are wonderful for hiking and cross-country skiing. Moesswilde is an Acting Field Team Leader at the Maine Forest Service and a District Forester for Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, and Kennebec Counties.  For more information, go to To RSVP for either hike, contact Maine Conservation Corps land steward Jade Christensen at or by calling her at (207) 389-5163.

Midcoast Conservancy Holds Third Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Belfast

Midcoast Conservancy will be hosting an engaging and informative evening of environmentally-themed films at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 3-5 pm. Based on the Wild and Scenic Film Festival model developed by the South Yuba River Citizens League, the event is designed to leave attendees feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in their community and the world. At the screening, attendees witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters.

Films on the schedule include Becoming Ocean, in which climate-change journalist Eiren Caffall , diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, realizes that, like the planet, she is slowly drowning. But instead of allowing the nearly invisible effects of her condition to paralyze her, Caffall uses her illness to look at the crisis of climate change in a way that makes “problems we so often push away because of their apparent distance from daily life, suddenly become intimate and human-scale.” In Too Precious to Mine, the Havasupai who have lived at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for centuries take on the uranium mining on the canyon’s rims that is putting the tribe’s drinking water and its way of life at risk. “If the Supai water is contaminated, the future of my society, of my people, will disappear,” says Carletta Tilousi of the Havasupai Tribal Council.

In total, 10 short films will be screened. Attendees are invited to stay after the showing to discuss the films and enjoy snacks and Sierra Nevada beer. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and will be sold at the door. All proceeds go to support Midcoast Conservancy’s work protecting healthy lands, waters, and communities through conservation, outdoor adventure, and learning.

Local sponsors for the event include The Green Store, ReVision Energy, Coyote Moon GO Logic and Cold Mountain Builders. National sponsors include Klean Kanteen, Clif Bars, Peak Design, Sierra Nevada and Earth Justice.

To see the complete film line-up, go to Email or call (207) 389-5150 with any questions. For more information on the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, go to