Trail Maintenance

Trail Maintenance Skills Include:

    Maintenance Specifications

    Understand and apply common maintenance specifications/trail management objectives such as corridor height/width, tread width, cross/outslope, protrusions, obstacles, and water management techniques.

    Inventory & Assessment

    Demonstrate ability to assess trail conditions, identify causes of trail degradation (i.e. water, grades, soil conditions, users, and/or use patterns), and appropriate actions to address the deficiencies.

    Corridor Clearing: Power tools

    Safely use chainsaws and other power tools in trail development and maintenance and resource management.

    Corridor clearing: Hand Tools

    Use hand tools to safely remove small standing trees, hazard trees, fallen logs, brush, vegetation, rocks, or other impediments to trail tread construction to the specified trail corridor width and height.

    Tread Maintenance - Hand tools

    Restore trail to its designed specifications for tread width, cross/outslope, protrusions, and obstacles using hand tools.

    Tread Maintenance - Mechanized Equipment

    Mechanized Equipment. Restore trail to its designed specifications for tread width, cross/outslope, protrusions, and obstacles using mechanized equipment (e.g., compactors, mini-excavator, skid steer, trail dozer).

    Drainage Features/Water Management

    Construct/restore trail drainage features that decrease erosion , including knicks, grade dips, grade reversals, berms, ditches, and sheet drains.


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Resources for Trail Maintenance

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Upcoming trainings for Trail Maintenance

Real Trail Assessment: Seeing the Trail Through the Eyes of a Professional
American Trails
American Trails
Backcountry Rigging Techniques
Professional TrailBuilders Association
Professional TrailBuilders Association
Backcountry Rigging Techniques

April 21, 2023

Reno/Tahoe area, Nevada

Custom Trainings

Here's a list of Trainers with Trail Maintenance experience:

Erin

Erin Amadon

Town 4 Trail Services LLC

Contractor Trainer

Troy, Me

Erin Amadon's passion for trail work began over two decades ago when she first served as a member…

Andy

Andy Crowley

Contractor Trainer

Ashland, Nh

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

Pete

Pete Englund

Legacy Trails LLC

Contractor Trainer

Madrid, Ia

Pete Englund had been performing crew based trail work across 12 different states for 18 years…

Kim

Kim Frederick

Chinook Associates LLC

Trainer
Marc

Marc Hildesheim

National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit
Jacob

Jacob Hyde

Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Hire

Trail Workers with Trail Maintenance Experience

Matt

Matt Able

USDA Forest Service

Agency
Erin

Erin Amadon

Town 4 Trail Services LLC

Contractor Trainer

Troy, Me

Erin Amadon's passion for trail work began over two decades ago when she first served as a member…

Heide

Heide Andersen

Agency

Winthrop, Wa

I am a Recreation Planner for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. I am responsible for…

Anna

Anna Baklund

Tread Lightly!, Inc.

Nonprofit

Kelso, Wa

Hi! My name is Anna and I'm the Program Manager for Washington and Oregon for Tread Lightly! I work…

Danielle

Danielle Berry

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment

Nonprofit
Justin

Justin Blackstead

USDA Forest Service

Agency

Sun Valley, Id

I have building and maintaining trails since 2008. Most of my experience has been in motorized and…

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Federal Highway Administration USDA Forest Service National Park Service Bureau of Land Management
American Trails Professional TrailBuilders Association Partnership for the National Trails System Northern Vermont University Northwest Arkansas Community College Eppley Institute Corps Network