Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Seminars and Training Services



Forestry Training Services provides a variety of forestry and tree-related educational seminars and certification services. Ken Fosty,  Accredited Workplace North Chainsaw Safety Instructor,  is a fully licensed and insured Certified Arborist with over 30 years of professional experience in the forestry field.

Ken has combined his professional and instructional expertise in delivering educational seminars throughout Canada.

Ken is a Certified Professional Chainsaw Instructor and provides chainsaw safety certification training to numerous groups including industry, landowners, utilities, First Nations, Inuit and Metis. He is also a certified Manitoba Provincial Lumber Scaler as well as a Non-Timber Forest Product Instructor providing instructional presentations on numerous wild crafting topics including wreath making.


He manages his woodlot in Southeast Manitoba. He uses his woodlot as his hands-on laboratory to grow Christmas trees, produce firewood, cultivate trees and shrubs, produce  maple syrup and grow nutritious organic mushrooms.

All of the sessions are aimed at novices or more experienced people who are ready to hear the latest information. Some sessions may be eligible for Canadian Agricultural Skills Services (CASS) funding and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) credit where applicable.

Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4

Monday, June 6, 2016

Safe Chainsaw Handling Seminar/Certification


In this extensive seminar, Ken Fosty, Certified Professional Chainsaw Operator teaches a hands-on approach on how to operate your chainsaw safely. Indoor classroom presentations include personal protective equipment, kickback, proper felling, notching, storage, chainsaw safety features, etc. Additional classroom presentations include videos, hands-on chainsaw maintenance and proper sharpening and take home handouts.
Outdoor, hands-on training is an essential component as each of the participants are required to demonstrate proper chainsaw starting, handling and safe cutting operation to the instructor’s satisfaction. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chainsaws if available.
All participants complete an outdoor, hands-on practical session followed by a written exam. Certificates are then awarded to successful participants.
Timing: Year Round


Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment including audio visual equipment, instructional videos, and  handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4

Cell 1-204-963-2209

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Brush Saw Safe Handling & Maintenance Certification





In accordance with Safety Operating Procedures and standards established by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, Ken Fosty, Certified Professional Brush Saw Instructor teaches a hands-on approach on how to safely operate your brush saw. Indoor classroom presentations include personal protective equipment, kick-out, proper handling, storage and brush saw safety features. Additional classroom presentations include videos, hands-on brush saw maintenance, proper blade sharpening, mounting the cutting tools, fitting the harness, proper blade positioning and take home handouts.
Outdoor, hands-on training is an essential component as each of the participants are required to demonstrate proper brush saw starting, handling and safe cutting operation to the instructor’s satisfaction. All participants complete an outdoor, hands-on practical session followed by a written exam. Certificates are then awarded to successful participants. 

Timing: Year Round

Duration: In combination with Chainsaw Certification

Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment including audio visual equipment, instructional videos, and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Herbal Teas, Medicinal & Edible Plants



This one-day seminar includes an outdoor session in the forest collecting medicinal plants followed by an indoor classroom session. Ken Fosty, Certified Non Timber Forest Product Instructor leads the group with hands-on demonstration detailing how to sustainably harvest the plants and produce nutritious teas. Collection techniques, drying methods, packaging and storage are taught.

Participants harvest the plants and then make their own teas for take home.Teas include: Labrador tea, prince’s pine, giant hysopp, wild bergamot, fireweed, bearberry, goldenrod, raspberry, strawberry, yarrow, etc.  At the end of the session, Ken provides an interesting audio visual presentation on numerous non-timber forest products and edible plants that will be of interest to all.

Timing: Spring, Summer & Fall.Duration: One Day Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.

For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services 
590 Rupertsland Ave.Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Growing Mushrooms in Your Backyard

Learn to grow specialty mushrooms in your backyard. Do you have access to oak or poplar branches? Learn how to “plant” the mushroom spawn and grow your own Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms on oak and poplar logs. A hands-on indoor, audio visual demonstration will show how to inoculate the logs with mushroom spawn. A biological process you’ll love – growing your own mushrooms backyard style. Mushroom Grow Kits will be available for sale following the hands-on presentation.
Timing: Spring/Early Summer
Duration: One Hour

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Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tapping Maple & Birch Trees “For Fun or Profit”

The sap is flowing. Do you have a maple or birch tree on your property? Learn how to make your own syrup from local birch and Manitoba maple trees. Hands-on demonstration will include tree identification and selection, tapping the tree, boiling off the sap, bottling and storing the syrup. Enjoy making your own “sweet treat”- Manitoba Maple Syrup. Manitoba maple syrup taste samples will be served to participants following the indoor audio visual presentation - “A Taste of Manitoba”. An optional outdoor hands-on tapping and evaporating session is also available when seasonally appropriate. Taps will be available for sale following the presentation.
Timing: Spring Time
Duration: One Hour

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Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Woodlot Services – Private Land Forest Assessment for Timber Value

Landowners interested in having timber harvested from their property and supplementing their income can contact Ken Fosty for an on-site woodlot walk’n talk. Ken has 20 years of direct woodlot experience and will ‘timber cruise’ the property with the landowner. With the aid of photo imagery, he will provide an estimate of timber volume and stumpage value. Ken has up-to-date knowledge of current timber prices and numerous contacts with Forestry Harvesting Contractors across Manitoba. Ken provides a written “Contract for Sale of Standing Timber” to the landowner and acts as a liason with the harvesting contractor and landowner. The Contract for Sale of Standing Timber is a valuable tool for both parties as it details the harvesting process including down-payment, access, timing, duration, insurance liability, etc to ensure satisfaction for both parties. Ken’s recommendations include recreational benefits, wildlife enhancement, planting trees and berry producing shrubs, seedling sources, traditional and non-timber forest products.
Timing: Year Round
Duration: One Day

Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209


Monday, May 30, 2016

Insect and Disease Problems Affecting Your Trees



The landscape around your home and property is a big investment. Many landowners have difficulty identifying tree problems. Ken Fosty, Manitoba Certified Arborist, will present an educational multi-media presentation on fifty (50) common insect and disease problems affecting your landscape and shelterbelt trees. Full colour illustrations of the symptoms complete with chemical, biological and cultural control measures and recommendations will be explained. Both conifer and deciduous tree problems will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples for diagnosis.
Timing: Year Round
Duration: 1.5 hours

Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Wreath Making and Non-Timber Forest Products (Seeing the Forest Beneath the Trees)

Wreath Making and Non-Timber Forest Products (Seeing the Forest Beneath the Trees)
Learn how to make your own wreaths from balsam fir, white spruce, pussy willows, dogwoods, tamarack or other interesting combinations. This one-day seminar includes an outdoor session in the forest collecting branches, followed by an indoor classroom session. Ken Fosty, Certified Non Timber Forest Product Instructor leads the group with hands-on demonstration detailing how wreaths are made using a wreath making machine. Participants then make their own wreaths for take home.
Non-Timber forest products can provide opportunities for landowners to diversify their operation and supplement their income. At the end of the session, Ken provides an interesting audio visual presentation on numerous non-timber forest products that will be of interest to all. Wildcrafting ideas briefly discussed include wild mushrooms, berries, Manitoba maple syrup, birch syrup, diamond willow/tamarack walking sticks and coat hangers, salves, candle holders, craft materials, decoratives, medicinal herbs and teas, etc. Many of these NTFP’s may be found in wooded areas on your property.
Timing: Year Round
Duration: One Day



Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209

Friday, May 27, 2016

‘Let’s Get Planting’ Tree Planting Seminar

This seminar shows homeowners how to properly plant trees and shrubs. Multi-media presentation illustrates proper planting techniques, site preparation, weed control, seedling sources, transplants, timing, and equipment. Topics cover shelterbelts, plantations, multi-row forest belts, under planting, etc. The indoor presentation is followed by an outdoor hands-on practical session. Come dressed for the outdoors.
Timing: Spring and Fall
Duration: 1.5 hours

Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tree Planter’s Seminar for Employment

 

Participants in this workshop will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment as a tree planter. This seminar is customized for seedling planting on cutover reforestation sites. Multi-media presentations and handouts illustrate industrial site preparation, common seedling planting errors, proper seedling planting techniques, snow caching seedlings, fundamentals of forest regeneration, equipment, tools, first aid, etc. Hands-on training and educational videos reinforce proper tree planting methods. This training workshop has a classroom session and an outdoor field session. The afternoon outdoor session requires that participants plant numerous seedlings in an outdoor environment. Spruce seedlings and planting shovels are provided. Planting is done under the direct supervision of the workshop instructor, Ken Fosty, who has 30 years of tree planting experience. Certificates of Achievement are awarded to participants.
Timing: Spring and Fall
Duration: One Day


Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Basics of Sawmilling and Adding Value to Your Trees



For those beginners interested in purchasing a sawmill and adding value through proper sawing and handling of lumber, Ken Fosty provides this multi-media presentation combined with illustrational videos and hands-on props. Ken discusses wood properties and uses, lumber defects, knots and insect damage. Bandsaws, circular sawmills and chainsaw sawmills are explored. Proper lumber stacking, air drying, kiln drying, lumber stickering, edging and end coating are discussed. An excellent introductory course for those interested in sawmilling.
Timing: Year Round
Duration: One Day

Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Establishing and Maintaining Hybrid Poplar Plantations


Planting fast-growing hybrid poplar for future firewood, pulpwood or saw logs may be of interest to landowners interested in converting agricultural land into permanent tree cover. Ken Fosty was directly involved in coordinating and implementing a massive tree planting program that saw 1,000 acres of hybrid poplar plantations planted on private land across Manitoba. This pictorial audio-visual presentation shows all aspects of hybrid poplar planting including seedling selection, site selection and preparation, planting and weed control. Proper planning and scheduling of maintenance intervals are discussed. What works and what doesn’t.
Timing: Year Round
Duration: 1.5 hours

Seminars are all-inclusive. All of the materials, props, equipment and handout material are supplied.
For further information, bookings and cost inquiries contact:

Forestry Training Services
590 Rupertsland Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2V 0H4
Work 204-586-1365
Cell 1-204-963-2209