USDA Forest Service
 

Trails Unlimited

 
 

 

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Enterprise

United States Department of Agriculture USDA Forest Service Enterprise Program

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TrainingTrainee operating small tractor at Warner Springs Reconstruction Training, Pacific Crest Trail.

Module 1

TRAIL PLANNING: 3 Days
Lecture and field exercises covering the following topics:
  • Developing a vision
  • Inventory
  • Components of a plan
  • Determining trail system design
  • Developing Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
  • Determining trail user needs
  • Environmental resource considerations
  • Facility considerations: trailheads, signs, visitor information

Module 2

TRAIL LAYOUT AND DESIGN: 2 Days
Lecture and field exercises covering the following topics:
  • Inventory
  • Specifications
  • Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
  • Using aerial photos and topographical maps
  • Layout
  • Flag lines and staking
  • Trail logs and Engineer's construction logs

Module 3

TRAIL CONSTRUCTION: 3+ Days
Lecture and field exercises covering the following topics:
  • Safety and Job Hazard Analysis
  • Required tools
  • Trail Management Handbook – FSH 2309.18 and Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
  • Trail surveying, logs, design and layout
  • Trail construction and specifications – EM 7720-102
  • Water control – Rolling dip
  • Switchbacks versus climbing turns
  • Retaining walls – Surface hardening
  • Trail publications

Module 4

MECHANIZED TRAIL EQUIPTMENT TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION: 2-5 Days (5 Days for Certification)
Lecture and field exercises covering the following topics:
  • Safety and Job Hazard Analysis
  • Controls
  • Components and power systems
  • Maintenance (daily & annual) and repairs
  • Trail design, layout, water control, building rolling dips
  • Field Project (OJT) – New construction, reconstruction and maintenance

Module 5

ADVANCED MECHANIZED TRAIL CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES: 10 Days
Lecture and field exercises covering the following topics:
  • Pretest
  • Safety and Job Hazard Analysis
  • Standards and Guidelines for mechanized trail work
  • Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
  • Trail Management Handbook – FSH 2309.1
  • Trail surveying for construction & reconstruction
  • Layout and design
  • Trail construction specifications and drawings
  • Retaining walls
  • Overside, underside, and pipearch drainage
  • Surface hardening and underdrains
  • Trail publications

Module 6

MONITORING: 2-3 Days
Lecture and field exercises covering the following topics:
  • Needs determination
  • Type of monitoring
  • Implementation
  • Forms
    • Schedules
    • Collection
    • Recording
  • Reporting

Module 7

OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE: 3+ Days
Lecture and field exercises covering the following topics:
  • Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
  • Maintenance guidelines
  • Operational guidelines
    • Patrols
    • Volunteers
    • Associations
  • Maintenance techniques
  • Maps and brochures
  • Signs
  • Reporting and recording

Module 8

SOUND MANAGEMENT AND ENFORCEMENT: 1+ Days
Lecture and field exercises covering the following topics:
  • The nature of sound
  • Legal requirements
  • FS role in muffler certification
  • 20" test
  • OHV nature of testing
  • Actual field testing
  • Learning "tricks of the trade"

Module 9

CONTRACTING: 2 Days
Lecture and field exercises covering the following topics:
  • Interpreting trail and construction logs
  • Types of tools, usage and safety
  • How to construct
    • Water control and drainage
    • Trail heads, camps and information displays
    • Climbing and switchback turns
    • Tread
    • Retaining walls
    • Bridges and culverts
    • Hardening

Consulting - Construction and Maintenance - Training

US Forest Service - Trails Unlimited Enterprise Unit
Last Modified: Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 17:42:59 CST