TKO Tread School – 2019

Zigzag Ranger District

Training Trail Builders for Oregon’s Trails

[UPDATE 3/29/2019 – Through a gift from our friends at Brew Dr. Kombucha, a limited run of 1/2 price volunteer tickets are available. Get them while they last! If the cost is a barrier for you to participate, the Oregon Trails Coalition has generously provided an additional 10 scholarship spots – email natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org to request more information.]

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!

Saturday morning we set the scene, discovering our "trail eyes" at Camp Arrah Wanna. Photo by Claudio Berstein, TKO crew leader.
Hosted at the CCC-era Camp Arrah Wanna, 85 participants joined us for a weekend full of trail and relationship building! Photo by Claudio Berstein, TKO crew leader.
Participants can choose a different trail to experience, getting out on trails both Saturday and Sunday. Photo by TKO volunteers.
Back at camp we talk tool care at TKO's Tread School 2018. Photo by Claudio Berstein, TKO crew leader.

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

SESSIONS INCLUDE:

  • 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

ADVANCED TOPIC SESSIONS:

  • Trail Assessment & Project Management
  • Drainage Design
  • Turnpike Prep & Install
  • Tread Reconstruction

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Your own bedding if you’ll be staying in the bunk rooms OR tent/camping gear if you’re planning on camping
  • Clothes for the weather – long pants, think layers and rain gear!
  • Sturdy boots to protect your toes from sharp tools (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Work gloves – loaner gloves will be available
  • A day pack and a water bottle – minimum of 2 liters required

0

FOREST SERVICE TRAILS

0

VOLUNTEERS, AGENCY AND NONPROFIT PARTNERS & SPECIAL GUESTS

0

FEET OF TRAIL TO BE MAINTAINED

0

VALUE OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE

DAY 1 – MAY 17th, 5PM:

  • Arrival
  • Set-up camp
  • Welcome and Orientation
  • Dinner & Mt Hood National Forest presentation
  • Registration for classes

DAY 2 – MAY 18th, ALL DAY:

  • Breakfast and morning info session
  • Carpool to stewardship sites
  • Sessions and work in the field
  • Return to basecamp for hot dinner, activities and camaraderie

DAY 3, MAY 19th, 3/4 DAY:

  • Breakfast and morning info session
  • Carpool to stewardship sites
  • Sessions and work in the field
  • Return to basecamp to pack up and head home

Partners & Supporters

TKO’s mission is accomplished through thoughtful relationships with passionate partners and supporters.

Base Camp Brewing Company Logo

Want to Get Involved?

Send us a message to learn more about how you can help us advocate for Oregon’s trails. Or contact us at:

Trail Keepers of Oregon
P.O. Box 14814
Portland, Oregon 97293
(971) 206-4351

What are you interested in helping with?



Subscribe for News and Events