**Participation in an online video training the evening of Tuesday, April 27, is required before attending this field class. (Details and the link for this prerequisite online class will be provided for “Trail Skills College – Intro to Trail Maintenance” registrants)**
Students will come away with:
• A basic understanding of hillside hydrology and how trails work.
• Understanding of the importance of Safety Awareness in trail work and what is required of them to be safe volunteers, especially using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
• A taste of basic principles for trail brushing and hand sawing.
• A taste of what it takes to identify and clean drain dips and waterbars effectively.
• An introduction to the concept of “Trail Eyes”.
Students will work for the day in small groups after a full-class safety talk. Teams will include 1 instructor for every 3 students. Students will get practice in clearing brush from the trail corridor, clearing drainage structures, and basic tread maintenance. Lunch will be eaten on the trail and teams will return to the parking lot by 3:00pm.
Total hiking distance will be less than 3 miles total for the day.
What to expect:
You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours proceeding the event. The crew leader for this event will verify that you have done both of these requirements at the trailhead before the party begins. Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.
You should expect to participate in this work party for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.
What to bring:
What to wear:
Directions will be sent out to registrants shortly before the event date. A link to the required Zoom training will be sent the day of that training.
COVID-19 Procedures **Please follow all civil authority restrictions for your community. **
In accordance with civil authority restrictions and land manager requirements for safety considerations, the following policies are currently in place:
• All volunteers will watch in the TKO COVID-19 Safety Lab, a broad safety orientation of TKO Safety Policy & Procedures for a COVID-19 Environment. Link will be provided in your registration confirmation.
• All volunteers must administer a health self-evaluation prior to attending in-person volunteer events (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).
• All volunteers will read and sign the TKO Volunteer Waiver updated for COVID-19 for release and indemnity of TKO and the land manager partner. Link will be provided in your registration confirmation.
• Volunteers must bring their own cloth masks and hand sanitizer.
• Tools will be sanitized prior to the event, and will not be shared throughout the day.
• No carpools will be arranged by TKO for the time being.
For a complete list of Covid specific safety measures, see our safety manual, available here.
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.