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Trail Sustainability Institute


The Trail Sustainability Institute (TSI) is NWTA’s internal training classes for everything related to trail building. We want to make sure our trail builders are knowledgeable in not only how to build/maintain fun trails, but ensure those trails are sustainable, and that the work is done safely.


Our classes are broken into two categories: Trail School is about teaching trail building techniques, and Crew Leader Training is teaching experienced trail stewards to manage trail work done by novice trail builders. We are working currently to expand our curriculum develop videos for remote learning, so stay tuned for exciting updates.

Some of the topics currently covered are:


  • Safety
  • Trail Work Etiquette
  • Tool Identification/Uses
  • Trail Vision
  • Corridor Clearing
  • Drainage
  • Bench Work


  • Pre-Event Preparedness
  • Safety
  • Crew Assessment
  • Skill Building within Crew
  • Situational Awareness
  • Time/Effort Management
  • Support Your Crew

Trail Sustainability Institute

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