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July 11, 2014

Big buzz over Woodmen's Days

TUPPER LAKE — After Fourth of July fireworks fade, in comes the spray of sawdust with a roar of chainsaws.

The long tradition celebrated at Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days takes over the Municipal Park today, Saturday and Sunday.

The Woodmen’s Parade theme this year exclaims: “There’s a little logger in every one of us.”

FORESTRY CREDITS

Carrie Snye, secretary of the Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Association, said they have a great schedule of events set for the event’s 34th year.

Last year, the Woodmen’s Association added credited courses that provide important benefits through the New York State Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

A special event starting at noon today adds Advanced Logger Rescue Training certification. 

“It’s one of the credited courses for loggers to meet the criteria for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative,” Snye said.

“It gives loggers enrolled in the program through New York state a better price for their timber at the mills. The wood is harvested according to guidelines of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. 

“And it allows them a deduction on their insurances.”

Additional training courses are planned, including Chainsaw Safety & Awareness and CPR/First Aid, geared toward timber industry professionals, homeowners and trail maintenance crews.

All credits count toward New York’s Logger Training Certification.

TRIED AND TRUE

The original idea for Woodsmen’s Days was to blend fun with expert competition, drawing from unique skills of Adirondack lumberjacks and lumberjills.

“The New York State Woodsmen’s Field Days was held the first time in the 1940s,” Snye said.

“They held it once in Old Forge. It started out as a competition between the local and area loggers.

“Then they decided to hold it in Tupper Lake. It went for 12 or 13 years here, before it began alternating between Tupper Lake and Booneville.”

“The chamber 34 years ago did a Mountain Man’s Field Day at the Tupper Lake Rod and Gun Club. The second year, the local logging community got involved,” Snye said.

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