Trail Skills Institute Modules 1&2 (June 20-21)

This innovative training offered in partnership with Flagline Trails teaches valuable skills to volunteers, including those who have been involved in trail projects for many years. Drawing upon thousands of hours on the trail and in the classroom, including some of the most daunting trail projects you can imagine, professional trail builders will inspire, educate, and give you the skills you need to be an effective steward and trail volunteer.

Presented by: Arizona Trail Association


Event Details

June 20 - 21, 2020

Contact Information

Wendy Lotze

Volunteer Coordinator

520-730-8182



Description

This innovative training offered in partnership with Flagline Trails teaches valuable skills to volunteers, including those who have been involved in trail projects for many years. Drawing upon thousands of hours on the trail and in the classroom, including some of the most daunting trail projects you can imagine, professional trail builders will inspire, educate, and give you the skills you need to be an effective steward and trail volunteer. From learning more about arid lands hydrology and how it relates to trail sustainability, to building rock check dams and realigning portions of poorly built trail, these sessions include time-tested techniques and innovative principles. Each training will take place entirely outdoors, with a focus on experiential learning. While there will be talks and demonstrations, the instructors have found that classroom time is never as valuable as time on the trail and a PowerPoint is no replacement for a pick mattock. Each training session is designed to benefit veteran trail dogs and first-timers alike.

MODULE 1: TRAIL ASSESSMENT (1 DAY*)

Why trails? (users, experiences)
Seeing the trail and the surrounding landscape
Erosion and deposition, which forces are at work
Identifying problems and causes
Documenting trail condition

MODULE 2: TRAIL MAINTENANCE (1 DAY*)
Reopening the trail corridor (brushing, log outs, rock obstacles)
Slough, berm and tread
Drainage (dips, knicks, reversal, checks, waterbars)
Hardening the trail
*Modules 1 & 2 are offered as a 2-day Series.

Look for more information to come soon! In the meantime, visit Arizona Trail Association homepage for the Trail Skills Institute.

 


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