Trail Maintenance for Volunteers
9:00am - 3:30am
Do you want to learn how to maintain high-quality trails? This training is perfect for conservation commissioners, local service clubs, land trust volunteers, private landowners, or anyone wanting to keep community trails in good condition. You’ll learn trail terminology, how to assess the condition of existing trails, and how to deal with water, slope, grades, and recreational uses. You’ll get hands-on experience with specialty tools and learn about options for borrowing tools for your volunteer efforts. We’ll cover safety and leading other volunteers, and how to determine if your trails project requires professional help. We’ll also have fun, using experiential learning to make sure everyone leaves with new skills.
Rain date: Saturday, April 28th.
Cost: is $25 per person and registration is required (includes lunch).
What to Bring: Clothes appropriate for outdoor field work (long pants, long-sleeved shirt), rain gear (jacket and rain pants if you have them), sturdy boots, comfortable work gloves, at least 2 water bottles. A bag lunch, to be enjoyed in the field, is included with your registration fee. Vegetarian options available.
About the Instructors: The instructors for this day-long workshop are Lew Shelley from Snowhawk, LLC and Emily Lord, Stewardship Outreach Coordinator for UNH Cooperative Extension. Lew Shelley has over twenty-five years of experience in trail design, construction, and training. His work includes projects throughout the U.S., including Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. He worked for SCA (Student Conservation Association) as a trail crew leader and training instructor beginning in 1991 before he joined them full-time in several managerial positions starting in 1998. He enjoys working with volunteers, conservation groups, public agencies, and anyone interested in constructing, designing, and maintaining great recreational trails. Emily Lord is trained in conservation field work through the SCA New Hampshire AmeriCorps program and has lead youth volunteers on conservation crews performing trail maintenance and restoration work in Alaska, California, Michigan, and New Hampshire.
We will meet promptly at 9:00 am at the Chichester Town Hall for a brief overview of the day and to go over some basic concepts. We will then drive to Carpenter Park and spend the rest of the day outdoors on the trail, where we'll also have lunch.