Uses axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control direction of fall and minimize tree damage.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Stops saw engines, pulls cutting bars from cuts, and runs to safety as tree falls.
- Appraises trees for certain characteristics, such as twist, rot, and heavy limb growth, and gauges amount and direction of lean, to determine how to control the direction of a tree's fall with the least damage.
- Saws back-cuts, leaving sufficient sound wood to control direction of fall.
- Clears brush from work areas and escape routes, and cuts saplings and other trees from direction of falls, using axes, chainsaws, or bulldozers.
- Assesses logs after cutting to ensure that the quality and length are correct.
- Measures felled trees and cuts them into specified log lengths, using chain saws and axes.
- Determines position, direction, and depth of cuts to be made, and placement of wedges or jacks.
- Controls the direction of a tree's fall by scoring cutting lines with axes, sawing undercuts along scored lines with chainsaws, knocking slabs from cuts with single-bit axes, and driving wedges.
- Trims off the tops and limbs of trees, using chainsaws, delimbers, or axes.
- Selects trees to be cut down, assessing factors such as site, terrain, and weather conditions before beginning work.
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