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  • May 13, 2019 - May 17, 2019
    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm


Our annual line clearance forestry school will be held on the grounds of Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.  It is designed to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced employees who wish to become more proficient in the field of Line Clearance – Right of Way Management.  We also offer a three-day course during this time  that will help prepare line personnel responding to outages and storm damage caused by trees. We have always strived to teach students based on the newest standards available to our industry.  Participants will be expected to demonstrate procedures and be competent in their application upon completion of the school.  Once completing this course, they will receive a certificate of completion.   CEU’s will be available through the International Society of Arboriculture.

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Monday, May 13
Registration 12-12:30 pm | School begins at 12:30 pm  (Forestry and Lineman Students)

Tuesday, May 14
School begins at 7:00 am  (Forestry and Lineman Students) | Evening Golf Scramble (Sponsorships Available)

Wednesday, May 15
School begins at 7:00 am  (Forestry and Lineman Students) | Exhibitor’s Tailgate Event 5:00 pm (Driving Range by Season’s Lodge)

Thursday, May 16
School begins at 7:00 am (Forestry Students) | ROW Managers Meeting 8:00 am | Lunch 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Exhibitor Show 12:00 – 3:00 pm | TeraWatt Sponsors Demos 1:00 pm

Friday, May 17
School beings at 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Forestry Students)


  • Chainsaw safety and maintenance
  • Electrical distribution system (how it works)
  • Electrical safety
  • Hazards of storm damage to power lines
  • Cutting and rigging to clear power lines safely
  • Tree Biology (effects of trimming)
  • Proper pruning
  • Line clearance pruning
  • Tree felling cutting and techniques
  • Tree risk assessments
  • Basic climbing
  • Advanced climbing
  • Rigging while climbing
  • Basics in rigging
  • Advanced rigging
  • Knot necessities (explanation and practical uses)

(Other topics may be added as necessary – dependent on weather and participant requests.)

School Information

  • Contact Mary Zitek for pricing (
  • Cost includes lunch Tuesday-Thursday
  • Each day will begin with a meeting at the former Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center building
  • Field training and exercises will be completed at Shady Rest Campground inside Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
  • Students need to bring:
    • Climbing gear
    • All PPE (chaps and hearing protection)
    • Chainsaw

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Rooming Blocks

Rend Lake Golf Resort: Season’s Lodge
12575 Golf Course Dr.
Whittington, IL 62897
(618) 629-2600

Room rate: $60.00 plus tax/night
Cutoff date: 4-29-19

(Reservations must be made by calling the hotel.)


 Rooming Blocks

Lake Cove Hotel (Overflow rooming block)
13277 Freeway Ln.
Whittington, IL 62897
(618) 200-4116

Room rate: $70.00 plus tax/night
Cutoff date: 4-29-19

(Reservations must be made by calling the hotel.)

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made prior to the registration deadline will not be charged. Cancellations made 48 hours prior to the event will be charged 50%. Cancellations thereafter/no shows will be charged full price for the course. Substitutions are allowed.



14967 Gun Creek Trl.
United States


The art center is closed but we will be using the building for registration, morning meetings, & the ROW Manager’s Meeting.