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Felling Trees:
Retreat Path
Diagram of Safe/Danger Areas From Felling Direction
You must plan your escape route and clear a path BEFORE you begin cutting.
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Direction of Safe Retreat
  • 45 degrees from the sides and back on either side 
  • NEVER move away directly behind the tree-you can be seriously hurt if the tree butt kicks back during the fall
How to Retreat
  • Using a bore cut and a release cut will make it easier to retreat in plenty of time
  • Don't turn back on the falling tree
  • Walk quickly away to a distance of 20 feet from the falling tree
  • Position yourself behind a standing tree if possible
Felling map with cleared path, targeted tree, felling direction, and possible escape routes.

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