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TKO Tread School – Zigzag Ranger District

May 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm - May 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm

[UPDATE 3/29/2019 – Through a generous gift from our friends at Brew Dr. Kombucha, a limited run of 1/2 price volunteer tickets are available. Get them while they last!]

Hosted by Trailkeepers of Oregon with support from the National Forest Foundation and Oregon’s Mount Hood Territory. We are pleased to offer this 2nd annual training event, nestled along the Salmon River within the Zigzag District of the Mt. Hood National Forest. TKO Crew Leaders, as well as partner and agency instructors, will deliver a comprehensive trails training, providing a foundation of trail design and maintenance skills. We’ve got the fun training all figured out, plus food/refreshments and a beautiful place to stay – grab a bunk, pitch your tent, or rent a room for the weekend and get ready to build some trails!

Your registration includes:

  • Two sessions on the trail building topics of your choice (see session overview below)

  • Meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch (vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options available)

  • Lodging – you have the option of bunking in a shared room in the main lodge (bring your own bedding) or tent camping (bring your own tent and camping gear)

  • Lodging in a private cabin is available at additional cost. Please select this option in addition to your regular volunteer ticket when you register.

  • If you’d like to rent a 5-8 person cabin, please contact natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org

Our Tread School sessions include concepts on:

  • The importance of safety while performing trail stewardship

  • An introduction to understanding hillside hydrology and how trails work

  • Using your “Trail Eyes” to accurately survey a trail corridor for logs, brushing, and tread needs.

  • Safe use of loppers and hand saws for effective lopping and sawing skills to protect trees and maximize efficiency

  • How to identify cupped tread and restore it to appropriate outslope by removing slough and berm

  • How to identify and clean drain dips and water bars effectively

We are also excited to begin offering more advanced topic classes for folks who are looking to build on their existing foundational knowledge. These session expand on more technical concepts and will include topics such as:

  • Draindips and waterbars

  • Tread reconstruction

  • Trail deconstruction and wildland restoration

  • Introduction to rock work

  • Working on a basic saw crew

  • Crew leadership and project management

Weekend Program:

Friday, May 17, 5PM:

  • Arrival

  • Set-up camp

  • Welcome and Orientation

  • Dinner

  • Registration for classes

Saturday, May 18, all day:

  • Breakfast and morning info session

  • Carpool to stewardship sites

  • Sessions and work in the field.

  • Return to basecamp for hot dinner and cameraderie.

Sunday, May 19, no later than 4PM:

  • Breakfast and morning info session

  • Carpool to stewardship sites

  • Sessions and work in the field

  • Return to basecamp to pack up and head home

Camp Arrah Wanna is located in the Welches/ Zigzag area of Mt. Hood National Forest, and work/learning sites are on nearby Zigzag ranger district trails. Further information about locations, accommodations, carpooling, what to bring, etc will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

Trailkeepers of Oregon is a proud participant in the National Forest Foundation’s Treasured Landscapes work on the Mt. Hood National Forest. This initiative strives to improve the quality of recreation on the National Forest by creating long-term volunteer, stewardship partners for the enjoyment of Mt. Hood for generations to come.

Questions and Scholarship Requests: Contact natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org

We are grateful to the following In-Kind Sponsors:

~Trail Butter ~ Base Camp Brewing Co. ~ Trailhead Coffee Roasters ~ Dave’s Killer Bread ~ New Seasons Market ~


May 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm
May 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm


Trailkeepers of Oregon


Camp Arrah Wanna
24075 E Arrah Wanna Blvd
Welches, OR 97067 United States
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