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Trails Specialist Workshop

  • 29 Sep 2020
  • 8:30 AM
  • 30 Sep 2020
  • 4:30 PM
  • Indoor: Cowan Sportsplex (895 Ridgewood Drive, Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2) | Outdoor: Shanna Larsen Park (48 Upper Thames, Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2)
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  • This price is available to current OPA Members only.
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This two day course is an introduction to understand professional trail development and how it relates to trail maintenance. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect, document and mitigate potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. Participants will leave the course with a tool kit on how to create and implement a successful trail maintenance program. This course will cover all types of trails from natural surface single track to 3 metre wide crushed aggregate. 

This course will cover:

  • Overview of Professional Trail Development
  • The Science and Art of Trail Building
  • Maintenance of Trails
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Liability Issues
  • Handwork and Trail Construction Techniques

Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. It is also recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.
  • pin flags
  • clinometer 
  • pulaski
  • mcleod rake
  • And/or any other trail building tools/equipment the organization, government agency or participant intends to use for trail design, building and maintenance. 

Please note: A bagged lunch is required at this course.

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