WCISA Women in Arboriculture Chainsaw Safety & Cutting Techniques

@ Jesuit Retreat Center
on Saturday, January 15-17, 2022
in Applegate, CA

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featuring NATS Lead Instructors Emily Roberts and Rebecca Seibel, assisted by Bethany Hannah

NEW Date and Time: January 15-17, 2022  -  Course begins Saturday at 4:00pm. Sessions will run from Saturday at 4:00pm to Monday at 4:00pm

Research and experience shows women learn differently than their male counterparts. Whether it be in a formal classroom setting or out in the field, women tend to thrive in an environment that is open, accepting and intellectually safe. Simply put, women don’t learn from listening alone; they learn best when they are provided the platform for dialogue and discussion.

This training program creates a community and connection among women seeking professional advancement and self-improvement in the tree care industry. Through a hands-on learning environment, our all-female team of instructors utilize their own experiences to inspire others.

Proposed Agenda:



Emily Roberts, NATS Lead Instructor  Emily has 12 years of experience in tree care.  She joined NATS in 2018.  She holds  a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a Bachelor's Degree in Cross-cultural Sociology.  She is an ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, and Wilderness First Aid/CPR credentialed.   Emily is from Washington state.  She love connecting trees and people using a passion for inspiring others in the field of arboriculture to build their mental tool boxes so we can all foster a culture of safety and positivity in our industry.

Rebecca Seibel began her career as an arborist in 1988 and over the past 32 years, has built her resume as a safety professional. In 2018, and again in 2019, she lent her experience and qualifications to assist with the Camp Fire. Rebecca graduated from Train the Trainer (NATS’ instructor intensive program) in 2018, and now serves as a safety lead and assistant instructor with NATS.  She is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and holds and ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.  Rebecca is also a TCIA Certified Tree Care Safety Professional.  

Bethany Hannah, Assistant Instructor.  Brittany cut down her first tree with a crosscut at age 15 in the backcountry of Alaska--while on a volunteer Student Conservation Association trail crew--and has been in love with saws (and trees!) ever since. She picked up a chainsaw for the first time more than 23 years ago while working as a Hotshot wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, and eventually became one of the only female sawyers on a hotshot crew in the country. Bethany absolutely loves teaching and empowering women to learn new traditional (and non-traditional) skills and has been teaching women’s chainsaw workshops for more than a decade.

How is this course different from other training programs?

  • Provides a non-competitive environment which allows you to freely ask questions and receive informative answers from qualified instructors
  • Offers the opportunity to try new techniques through hands-on learning
  • Facilitates training that supports ergonomics and learning styles unique to women
  • Encourages you to help inspire other women to achieve their best
  • Empowers you to set your own goals and master them!


$550.00 - WCISA Member

$599.00 - Non-WCISA Member

Cost includes 2 nights’ accommodations, all meals and refreshment breaks, use of facilities, as well as all course materials, instructor resources, and certification packages. Participants need to make their own travel arrangements to arrive at the camp facility.

Participants are required to bring personal protective equipment.


We are offering two scholarships sponsored by A Plus Tree to disadvantaged women to cover the registration fee. If you are interested in applying, please contact Alison (alancaster@janscow.com).  Deadline to apply is January 1, 2022


16.5 - CA / CTW / MS

16.5 - BCMA-P

TCIA CTSP hours are available

Sponsorship Opportunities Available 

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This workshop is limited to 24 women. 



Jesuit Retreat Center
1001 Boole Rd.
Applegate, CA 95703