BEND, Ore. - Registration is currently open for volunteers interested in an annual training weekend focused on developing skills to perform trail maintenance on the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests.
Each year the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests, The Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the High Cascades Forest Volunteers host trainings, called Trail Skills Colleges, which train and certify volunteers to do trail work.
The sessions are designed to train both new and returning volunteers and to allow them to meet other volunteers who work to provide quality recreation experiences for forest visitors. Learning trail stewardship will enhance your trail experience and help make the trails we enjoy better for all.
Class offerings include Chainsaw and Crosscut certification, Introduction to Trail Maintenance, Trail Design, Trail Reconstruction, Managing a Trail Crew, Wilderness First Aid and CPR and many others.
The training is free of charge and volunteers may attend the full weekend or only portions of the training. Two location and date options are available:
- Westfir: May 16-18, Westfir School, Westfir, OR. Registration for Westfir closes May 5th.
- Allingham: June 5-8, Allingham Guard Station near Camp Sherman, OR. Registration for Allingham closes May 20th.
For more information and to register for the trainings, visit: http://www.highcascadesvolunteers.com/Training/SpringTraining.html
For more information, please contact Joe Welke, Deschutes NF Trails Volunteer Coordinator, at 541-383-4040.