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As a crew leader you represent the CTF. One of your main jobs is to convey the CTF’s thanks to the volunteers for their commitment to making and preserving The Colorado Trail as a national treasure.
This manual is intended only as a crew and camp organization guide, not a trail construction manual. Construction techniques and specific equipment use guides are provided in the United States Forest Service’s (USFS, Forest Service) “Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook.
The CTF offers a variety of trail crew types, including both basecamp and backpack crews. To make it easier for crew leaders of the two different types of crews to find relevant information in this Handbook, sections specific to basecamp crews are shown in text boxes with a blue background while sections specific to backpack crews are shown in text boxes with a green background. All other sections are applicable to both types of crews.
Published January 2022
This manual has been written to aid crew leaders working with trail work volunteers. It assumes the following priorities, in order of importance, for every volunteer trail work event: 1) Safety, 2) Enjoyment, 3) Quality product, 4) Productivity.
Outdoor leadership skills can be developed and improved over time through a combination of self-study, formal training and experience. Leadership trainings are offered frequently by volunteers and staff of the AMC. The trainings range from a single day to a weekend. If you are looking for additional training, the AMC offers several courses each season through the Guided Outdoors program.
Trails research can help support trail management decision-making and funding by providing objective, quantitative information describing trail users, their numbers and demographics, preferences, and economic expenditures.