2012 DNR Trail Training Courses Announced

May 15-18 in LaCrosse. Hosted by Human Powered Trails.
June 6-9 at Lapham Peak in Delafield. Hosted by Wisconsin State Horse Council.
July 27-30 at Bear Paw Resort in White Lake. Hosted by Langlade Area Mountain Bicycle Association.

Registration here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WiTrailTraining2012

Building a berm on the HPT trails near La Crosse. Photo courtesy IMBA

Attendees will graduate from this four day class with a greater knowledge and understanding of current trail design and construction techniques. Each day of the training will have a classroom component and hands-on application. Attendance at all four days of the training is required.You’ll be taught how to create natural (dirt) surface trails that:

  • Minimize impact to resources
  • Minimize maintenance
  • Do not go beyond capacity of the land
  • Keep users on the trail

Each day of the course builds upon the knowledge from the previous day. Day 1 covers trail design and layout; Day 2, trail construction; Day 3, trail maintenance; and Day 4 is when you’ll put it all together for practical application and obtain completion certificates.

  • Day 1: Trail Design and Layout. Learn the importance of knowing the area first, both on foot and by studying topographic maps. A good trail requires little maintenance because it is designed right. Flowing water, which accelerates the process of erosion, is the enemy of a trail. Proper design can avoid situations whereby the trail becomes a river during rainstorms. In the afternoon, participants learned how to use clinometers to assess slopes and trail placement.
  • Day 2: Trail Construction. Attendees learned how to pick the proper tool for the job, when to use power tools, and how to cut trails into a slope. Discussion on bridges and boardwalks, and when to incorporate switchbacks into a trail and how to do it right. Proper safety for tool use.
  • Day 3: Trail Maintenance. Although a well-designed trail is easy to maintain, most trails that trail workers will be dealing with have been laid out in a less than ideal way. If you cannot reroute a trail, you will have to fix and maintain them, battling wind, water, and gravity.
  • Day 4: Crew Leading and Graduation. The final day is where all you’ve learned is pulled together in an outdoor session. The attendees each role play “Crew Leader”, using the language, tools, safety issues and team work with your class on the trail. At the end, certificates for those that completed the course will be issued.

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

2 thoughts on “2012 DNR Trail Training Courses Announced

  1. Would love to sign up for the class, not take a survey!!! That is all I can do at SurveyMonkey,, this needs to be fixed!!!!

    • Christopher, I think the WDNR is using Survey Monkey to sign people up. When you fill out the “survey” (which is really an online registration) and submit it, the WDNR can use the saved files as a registration list. If you have other questions about it, check with Bigit Brown at the WDNR. Brigit.Brown@wisconsin.gov

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