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Rigging Training for Trail Workers

[photo] Rope cable rigging being used to transport a felled log in a forested area.Trail maintenance and construction require moving heavy objects in a variety of settings. Using a system of ropes, cables, and hoists (collectively known as rigging), trail workers can move heavy objects safely and efficiently. Training for the combined activities of tree climbing (needed to attach anchors) and rigging is not offered by either the USDA Forest Service or the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management. MTDC was asked to locate sources of high-quality rigging training.

The MTDC tech tip, Advanced Tree Climbing and Rigging Training for Trail Workers (0423–2303–MTDC), provides information about a class offered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Two Nez Perce National Forest employees, Susan Jenkins and Ian Barlow, attended the class, which combines classroom instruction with hands-on experience. The class, open to a limited number of Federal employees, is offered every 2 years.

For more information on advanced tree climbing and rigging training for trail workers, contact Bob Beckley, project leader (phone: 406–329–3996; e-mail: USDA Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management employees can view the tree climbing and rigging training tech tip on the USDA Forest Service's internal computer network at:

Others can view the tech tip over the Internet (username: t-d, password: t-d)

To order the tech tip, contact Cailen Hegman, MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3719; e-mail:

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