• Intro to Trail Maintenance -Level 1 Trail Steward Training

    The Environmental Center

    This is an indoor classroom presentation intended for anyone who has interest in what is involved in COTA trail maintenance. This is Part one of a 3 level training for Trail Stewards, but this first session is open to all who have any interest. There will be a 2hr powerpoint presentation and also discussion on how COTA works with FS under our volunteer agreement. Topics in the presentation will include: log out of fallen trees using hand saws, sightline maintenance for reducing user conflict, water management and drainage to prevent erosion, using guide structures to keep the users where we want, and basic trail tread maintenance.

  • Level 2 Trail Steward Training

    USFS Welcome Center, Cascade Lakes Hwy.

    Level 2 Trail Steward takes a deep dive into trail maintenance and applies what we learned in the classroom to the trails. This is a full day class and will be spent out on trails and reinforcing indoor learning with learning the practical skills needed for trail maintenance: log out using hand saws, tread repair, effective water management structures, using guide structures to keep users on the trail and where we want them, sightline management and more. Be prepared for a full day in the woods: good clothing and layers, good footwear, work gloves, food (lunch and snacks) and plenty of water. COTA will provide hard hats.

  • Level 2 Trail Steward Training

    USFS Welcome Center, Cascade Lakes Hwy.

    Level 2 Trail Steward takes a deep dive into trail maintenance and applies what we learned in the classroom to the trails. This is a full day class and will be spent out on trails and reinforcing indoor learning with learning the practical skills needed for trail maintenance: log out using hand saws, tread repair, effective water management structures, using guide structures to keep users on the trail and where we want them, sightline management and more. Be prepared for a full day in the woods: good clothing and layers, good footwear, work gloves, food (lunch and snacks) and plenty of water. COTA will provide hard hats.

  • Level 3 Trail Steward Training

    The Environmental Center

    Level 3 training includes a presentation on Advanced Trail Maintenance: rock armoring, machine work for trails, road to trail conversions and more. Also we will start the training process for crew management and leadership. Prerequisites are having attended COTA Level 1 and 2 trainings in 2019 or 2018.

  • Level 3 Trail Steward Training

    The Environmental Center