All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Women and the Woods

UMaine Cooperative Extension held chain saw classes for women at a farm in West Paris a few weeks ago, part of its Women and the Woods program. The first lesson from certified arborist Tish Carr: safety equipment.
A cold, windy March day atop Stearns Hill did not discourage the group, who lingered to learn about women-specific clothing by Carr.

One of just two certified women arborists in the state, Carr volunteered her time for what she hoped to find: a pack of women who love trees.

Carr boomed about her lucky find: a lumberyard in Stratton that carries smaller sizes, offering 28-inch ballistic pants, compared to the 36- or 40-inch ballistic nylon pants she found online.

Carr displays chaps the chain saw ate into — but not through. "It doesn't cut. It bites and it tears," Carr said. [Link]
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