Interested in becoming a COTA Trail Steward? It's a great way to get involved and give some love back to the trails you enjoy.
Spring Trail Stewardship Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3 trainings coming up soon.
Level 1: Intro into Trail Maintenance and indoor PowerPoint Presentation*
Tuesday, Feb 19, 6-9pm - Enviro Center
Wednesday, March 27, 6-9pm - Enviro Center
Level 2: Full day in the woods applying what we learned in the Level 1 *
Sunday, March 31, 9-5pm - Cascade Lakes Welcome Station
Saturday, April 13, 9-5pm - Cascade Lakes Welcome Station
Level 3: Advanced Trail Maintenance, Personal Protection and Crew Leader Training*
Tuesday, April 23, 6-8pm - Enviro Center
Level 3, Session 2 to be announced (May timeframe)
*Registration required; attendance is free. Trainings will be posted on Meetup in near future. Make sure you're a member of COTA's Meetup page here.
What's a Trail Steward?
Stewards are trained volunteers whom sign up with COTA to perform basic trail maintenance needs for trails that COTA has a Volunteer Agreement with land managers (ex. USFS, BLM) to maintain. Trail maintenance needs include: logout (up to a log size that can be cut with hand saws (chainsaw use requires additional training and certification), brushing, water management needs (clean out current drains and creating new ones as needed), and basic trail tread maintenance.
- Prerequisites: 1+ year as a trail volunteer locally or other places
- Training Requirements: Minimum 4 hour training course for Level 1 Trail Steward and additional training requirements for Level 2-4. Trail work and experience from other locations will be considered for grandfathering in Trail Stewards after some brief training in COTA protocols.
- Expectations: Attend at least 2 work events, & log all volunteer hours; min 2 year commitment.
Level 1 - Learn how to look for trail issues, using the COTA App. Focuses on brush, treadwork, sight lines, safety, land management volunteer agreements.
Level 2 - At this intermediate level training, attendees will learn how to logout using folding saws; build/improve drains; build corners to withstand heavy use; and will also have a powerpoint component to delve into more detailed situational analysis of more advanced Trail Maintenance Techniques. This training is highly encouraged for anyone wishing to have a more complete skill set of trail maintenance techniques.
Level 3 - Group management, USFS Trail Design Parameters, land manager process/policies. Classroom setting. Levels 1 and 2 trainings are required for Level 3.