Due to heightened safety policies and procedures that we are adhering to during the COVID-19 pandemic, trail party events are currently only open to volunteers who have accumulated 25 or more trail parties with TKO (volunteer days with WTA, PCTA or other trail orgs will be considered as well) and/or are in an Assistant Crew Leader/ Crew Leader position within TKO. Thank you for understanding.
Crew Leaders: Vito P. Pat K. Guy H.
Work Description: First Day: 4 hrs classroom (AM); 3-4 hrs field instruction (PM); Second Day: 2 hrs classroom review; 4 hrs Saw Certification
If there is sufficient interest, we can facilitate overnight accommodations at the Kiwanis Camp at a discounted rate. More information will be be forthcoming.
Initial Crosscut Saw Bucking Certification (2 days): Every crosscut saw operator must be certified to ensure safe and quality work. This session is for volunteers who do not have a USFS certification card, but have demonstrated crosscut saw “hands-on” experience with a crosscut saw. The course will cover key crosscut safety procedures and best practices for clearing trail effectively in challenging and potentially hazardous situations. Day one is primarily classroom, and day two is mostly field evaluation. Candidates typically receive an “A” level certification. Candidates who demonstrate extensive skill and leadership with considerable saw experience may receive “B” level certification.
Crosscut Saw Re-Certification (6 hours): A safety and skills refresher and re-certification test to ensure safe sawing habits, up-grade techniques, and provide the opportunity for a higher level of certification.
A current First Aid and CPR certification is required for a saw certification to be valid. TKO staff and volunteers cannot use crosscut saws unless they hold a recognized and valid sawyer certification, first aid, and CPR card unless they are working with a B-certified USFS sawyer. After completing your online application, applicants will be required to forward or upload photocopies of their First Aid and CPR certifications. A USFS National Sawyer Certification card will not be issued without copies of these certification cards.
Note: Please bring good gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, face coverings- all your normal trailwork PPE. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, TKO will not provide any of this equipment.
Potential cancellation: We will not work in the field if the weather is not safe for our team.
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Please contact Guy Hamblen at email@example.com Send me an email if you want to join our waitlist for this workshop.
Directions: Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp, https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mt+Hood+Kiwanis+Campfirstname.lastname@example.org,-121.856898,13.61z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x54950c98a3d4f893:0xcfd7b5618a762071!8m2!3d45.3133027!4d-121.8037785
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times from 1853 – 1871. We are privileged to be here today & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.
EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target individuals or groups will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical & emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe – interrupt directly, tell a crew leader &/or complete the post-event survey.