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TKO Trail Workshop Series - Tread School (101 Weekend)

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TKO Trail Workshop Series - Tread School (101 Weekend)

Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) is pleased to offer this special event, nestled along the Salmon River within the Zigzag District of the Mt. Hood National Forest. 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.

TKO, partner, and agency instructors will deliver a comprehensive trails training, setting a foundation of trail design and maintenance skills. Experts and novices alike can build relationships with current and future trail stewards who are all seeking to hone their undertanding of how trails work through hands-on experiences. This weekend training is equivalent to Pacific Crest Trail Association's Trails 100-102 curriculum 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
Trails enthusiasts of all types and professionals are invited to attend, especially those with an interest in maintaining trails in the Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding areas. Hosted by Trailkeepers of Oregon and the Oregon Trails Coalition with support from the National Forest Foundation.

Weekend Program:

Friday, May 11, 5 p.m. Arrival; Set-up camp; Welcome Dinner; Orientation

Saturday, May 12: 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Breakfast and morning class; Carpool to stewardship sites to learn and work in the field. Return to basecamp for hot dinner and cameraderie.

Sunday, May 13: 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. Breakfast and morning class; Carpool to stewardship sites to learn and work in the field. In field wrap-up and return home.

Your registration includes training, meals (vegetarian/vegan/GF options available) from Friday dinner through Saturday lunch, and option of bunk in shared room in main lodge (bring your own bedding) or tent camping (bring your own tent). Other lodging options available at additional cost. (As our registration costs are being heavily subsidized by our partners, and we have meal and lodging minimums to meet with our basecamp venue, we are not able to futher discount registration costs for those planning to commute to the training and/or who may not be present for a specific meal. However, we are happy to provide scholarships for anyone for whom cost is a barrier.

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

Questions and Scholarship Requests: Contact steph.noll@trailkeepersoforegon.org

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.