Mechanized Trail Construction

Mechanized Trail Construction Skill Definition:

Safely use and maintain mechanized trail construction equipment (i.e. mini-excavators, skid steers, trail dozers, compactors, etc) to construct trail that meets construction specifications.


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Resources for Mechanized Trail Construction

Off-Highway Vehicle Trail and Road Grading Equipment
Off-Highway Vehicle Trail and Road Grading Equipment

The Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) was asked to find a good way to maintain a 40-mile (64-k) motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) trail on the Francis Marion National Forest in coastal South Carolina. Heavy use leaves a…

Innovations in Mechanized Trailbuilding
Innovations in Mechanized Trailbuilding

Innovative, cutting edge machinery for building recreational trails has revolutionized the trail industry over the past 30 years, from specialized trail dozers and miniature excavators to crawler carriers and ATV/AWD moto harrows. The advantages of…

​​Foundations of Sustainable Trails: Tools
​​Foundations of Sustainable Trails: Tools

​​​​Explore foundational concepts related to the safe trail use—all through the lens of developing and maintaining a sustainable trail. The course will outline the types of tools for trail work, their use in construction and maintenance, as well as…

Sustainable Trail Bridge Design
Sustainable Trail Bridge Design

Designing trail bridges based on trail-specific Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) is essential for providing the desired trail experience, for ensuring user safety, and for maximizing bridge longevity.

North Country Trail Handbook
North Country Trail Handbook

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) extends for thousands of miles across seven states. Its layout, design, construction, and maintenance require the participation of a myriad of individuals and groups.

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Upcoming Trainings for Mechanized Trail Construction

MTB Optimized Trails - Jump Line - Advanced
McDowell Tech Community College
McDowell Tech Community College
MTB Optimized Trails - Jump Line - Advanced

March 13 - 15, 2024

Old Fort, North Carolina

Trail Skills Institute Module 5: Trail Construction
Arizona Trail Association
Arizona Trail Association
Trail Skills Institute Module 5: Trail Construction

April 27 - 28, 2024

Tucson, Arizona

Custom Trainings

There are 39 trainers on TrailSkills
with Mechanized Trail Construction experience.

Andy

Andy Crowley

Contractor Trainer

Ashland, NH

Conservation Trail Services LLC. Working with private, non-profit, and…

Jim

Jim Bedwell

Contractor Trainer

Golden, CO

Thirty-eight years of experience in the US Forest Service in landscape architecture, recreation…

Don

Don Kelly

USDA Forest Service

Trainer Agency

Marion, VA

I have over 32 years of experience performing conservation, trails, and construction related…

Scott

Scott Johnson

USDA Forest Service

Trainer Agency

Forest Grove, OR

Trail builder with the Forest Service for over 15 years. Have worked on a mobile trail crew for all…

Jed

Jed Talbot

OBP Trailworks, LLC

Contractor Trainer

Brunswick, ME

Jed Talbot is the owner of OBP Trailworks, LLC, a Maine based company that designs, builds, and…

Sarah

Sarah Walter

Penn Trails LLC

Contractor Trainer

Carlisle, PA

Sarah is a licensed Landscape Architect in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with prior experience in…

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Hire Workers

There are 150 profiles on TrailSkills
with Mechanized Trail Construction experience.

Matt

Matt Malone

Nature Trails, LLC

Contractor Trainer

Brevard, NC

Jerome

Jerome Dumais

Eastern Trails, Inc.

Contractor

Mansonville

Trailbuilduing company based in Mansonville, Quebec, Canada

Michael

Michael McKenzie

Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club

Nonprofit

Thunder Bay

I'm starting my 5th year as the trail development director for the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club.…

Kim

Kim Frederick

Chinook Associates LLC

Contractor Trainer Agency Corps Nonprofit Higher Education

Golden, CO

Kim Frederick has over 45 years of experience in the design, development and management of…

Mike

Mike Thomas

Agency

Salt Lake City, UT

Jed

Jed Talbot

OBP Trailworks, LLC

Contractor Trainer

Brunswick, ME

Jed Talbot is the owner of OBP Trailworks, LLC, a Maine based company that designs, builds, and…

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American Trails Professional TrailBuilders Association Partnership for the National Trails System Northern Vermont University Northwest Arkansas Community College Eppley Institute Corps Network