We are privileged to offer the finest in instructors to the Tree Care, Logging, Professional Landscape  and other chain saw related industries. Whether climbing, rigging, trimming or falling a tree... Forest Applications Training, Inc.  will fill your needs!

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Tim Ard   Lead Instructor - Founder of F.A.T.


Instructor:       Tim Ard     
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  • President- Forest Applications Training, Inc.
  • Previous partner and shareholder in Game of Logging, Inc.
  • Business Experience
  • 1978 - Owner Operator Small Engine Chain saw Dealership, Cartersville, GA.
  • 1981 - Manager Nicholson's Equipment Co., Chain saw Distribution
  • 1983 - Meier & White Equipment Co. Austell, GA, Stihl Distributor.
  • 1987 - Stihl Inc., Technical Sales and Applications Instructor Nation wide.
  • 1992 - National Forest Applications Manager/Instructor Husqvarna Forest & Garden
  • 1996 to 1998 - Vice President of ArborMaster Training, Inc.
  • 1993 to 1998- Vice-President of Game of Logging, Inc.
  • 2004 to 2007 - Husqvarna Field Training Manager
  • 1993 to present- President of Forest Applications Training, Inc. 
  • Training Experience (Technical and Technique Training Associated With and or Conducted)
  • Small Engine Training Sessions
  • Sales and Technical Training Sessions
  • Chain saw Safety Training - Over 10,000 persons attending
  • City, County and State agencies
  • Power and Utility Companies
  • Logger Training - Over 6000 persons attending
  • 10+ Year Training Association with Soren Eriksson Training, Inc. and the Game of Logging.
  • State Operated Logger Certification Programs
  • APA Logger Training Workshops
  • USFS Training Sessions
  • DOT Training the Trainer Programs
  • Department of Labor Sessions (O.S.H.A.)

We've conducted training sessions in over 40 states associated with the these companies, schools and associations:

   Tim is Focused on Online Workshops and Consulting Now - However we have two Awesome Instructors working the field....

David Breeden

David is married to his wife Andrea and their 27 year journey has produced 2 children, Sophie and Tripp and 1 grandchild, David E. Breeden IV (called IV). David has 20 years of training experience in tree care and municipal chainsaw operations. As a Territory Manager for Husqvarna Professional Products David is an ISA Certified Arborist also credentialed in Tree Risk Assessment, President of Georgia Tree Masters a full service tree care provider specializing in hazardous tree removal, pruning, tree health care and right of way clearing. President of Arbor Pro Consulting and Training primarily focused on chainsaw applications training, legal arboriculture consulting and plant health care. David currently sits on the board for the Georgia Arborist Association and has 1 goal in his training programs, to increase each participants awareness of safety while operating a chainsaw at work or at home.

David Breeden is and has been recognized as one of the best instructors in the chainsaw and power equipment industries. We are privileged to have David in our training instructor team.


Chris Chiles

Chris Chiles met Tim Ard back in 2014 when he attended a Forest Applications storm debris training in Rome GA. Tim and Chris struck up a friendship and continued to connect through various trainings until 2023 when Chris became a Legacy Instructor with Forest Apps. and began facilitating trainings all over the US.

Chris is also the Immediate Disaster Response Coordinator for God’s Pit Crew and has been since August 2020. Before joining God’s Pit Crew, he operated in a similar capacity within ministry for twelve years. Over time, Chris has been exposed to almost every kind of disaster and has personally led volunteer teams who have responded to more than 80 events. In this capacity, Chris has been fortunate to experience glimpses of hope restored in people’s lives when his team meets their needs with compassion and no strings attached.

Chris was born in Richmond, Virginia, is married to his beautiful wife Niki, they have 3 kids, and one grandchild.

John Tidwell

John Tidwell was first introduced to Forest Applications training in 2018 when he started working at Eight Days of Hope. During his time at EDOH, he served as the Equipment Manager and Rapid Response Director. He was able to use Forest Apps training to cut tress as well as  maintain and repair chainsaws to  serve those affected by storm damage. He was also able to attend one of Forest Apps Storm Saw classes in March of 2020. Using that training, John was able to train hundreds of people within Eight Days of Hope. In 2023, John began working for Rook’s Tree and Stump and continues to work part time. John  completed Tim’s Legacy Instructor Training in April of 2024. John is currently employed by Northeast MS Habitat for Humanity in Tupelo, MS.

John is married to Elesha and they have two beautiful girls. 


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