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Modules

Not sure where to start on building or redesigning trails on your property? Trails Unlimited provides you with the following training modules, which outline what you need from planning to operation.


Module 1

TRAIL PLANNING: 3 Days
Lecture and Field Exercises Covering the Following Topics:
• Developing a Vision
Inventory
Components of a Plan
Determining Trail System Design
Developing Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
Determining Trail User Needs
Environmental Resource Considerations
Facility Considerations: Trailheads, Signs, Visitor Information

Module 2

TRAIL LAYOUT AND DESIGN: 2 Days
Lecture and Field Exercises Covering the Following Topics:
• Inventory
Specifications
Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
Using Aerial Photos and Topographical Maps
Layout
Flag Lines and Staking
Trail Logs and Engineer's Construction Logs


Module 3

TRAIL CONSTRUCTION: 3+ Days
Lecture and Field Exercises Covering the Following Topics:
• Safety and Job Hazard Analysis
• Required Tools
• Trail Management Handbook - FSH 2309.18 and Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
• Trail Surveying, Logs, Design and Layout
• Trail Construction and Specifications - EM 7720-102
• Water Control - Rolling Dip
• Switchbacks Versus Climbing Turns
• Retaining Walls - Surface Hardening
• Trail Publications

Module 4

MECHANIZED TRAIL EQUIPTMENT TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION: 2-5 Days (5 Days for Certification)
Lecture and Field Exercises Covering the Following Topics:
• Safety and Job Hazard Analysis
• Controls
• Components and Power Systems
• Maintenance (Daily and Annual) and Repairs
• Trail Design, Layout, Water Control, Building Rolling Dips
• Field Project (OJT) - New Construction, Reconstruction and Maintenance


Module 5

ADVANCED MECHANIZED TRAIL CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES: 10 Days
Lecture and Field Exercises Covering the Following Topics:
• Pretest
• Safety and Job Hazard Analysis
• Standards and Guidelines for Mechanized Trail Work
• Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
• Trail Management Handbook - FSH 2309.1
• Trail Surveying for Construction & Reconstruction
• Layout and Design
• Trail Construction Specifications and Drawings
Retaining Walls
Overside, Underside, and Pipe Arch Drainage
Surface Hardening and Underdrains
Trail Publications

Module 6

OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE: 3+ Days
Lecture and Field Exercises Covering the Following Topics:
• Trail Management Objectives (TMOs)
• Maintenance Guidelines
• Operational Guidelines
• Patrols
• Volunteers
• Associations
• Maintenance Techniques
• Maps and Brochures
• Signs
• Reporting and Recording