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...trail building schools/certificate programs?

Seems like something they ought to offer at a school like Cal Poly.

Just wondering...
 

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There is (or was) a school that had trail building as part of a resource management curriculum in the Midwest or East. I want to say one of the Carolinas or West Virginia as I remember. Google cannot fine it.

When you say Cal Poly, you mean SLO or Pomona?

IMBA Trail Building Schools http://www.imba.com/tcc/imba-trailbuilding-schools
There is one in Santa Barbara on March 5 and one in Santa Cruz on March 26.

We do many work days and are starting to do classes for crew leaders put on by the CA State Parks Foundation. One is tentatively planned for March 26.

CCCMB has trail design days going almost every day of the week, but they are actually us designers / builders out doing it. You are welcome to join in. The location varies week by week, depending on what trails are on the priority list of all we have to build. PM me if you want more.

We are not accredited however, just dedicated volunteer dirt movers who do 99% of the trail related work in SLO / SB Counties for the USFS, CA State Parks, SLO County Parks, and City of SLO.
 

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CCCMB Rocks! I met some of your contingent at the Cal Grnways and Trails Conf last year. you sending a contingent again?

FTA also has three active new trail projects underway this year with opportunities to be trained on mechanized. For people more in the northern area we will also be planning specific training courses for mechanized and trail building.

Also...looking for a SK650 if anyone has an extra one....

I highly recommend the PTBA conf as another source for scoping trail building equipment. This year will have lots of mech demo ops and trail gear to scope out! Good group of people.

zachi
 

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Hi Zachi! Yes, there will be some there, not sure if I will make it. We are sending two of our people back the the PTBA conference as well.

It is nice to know that we could get some mechanical training at FTA as well. That might be an option for us in the future. We may still bring you over here as well. Still no firm projects that we can use a machine with land manager permission. They like our hand built trails too much. :(

@ Tank Girl. I found the one I was thinking about, and it is at Marshall University IN WV but the course is aimed at OHV, not MTB. Here is the best resource I know for trail classes.

In my years of doing this, I don't know that there is an MTB specific accredited training. All the professional government trail builders I know have been trained for multiuse trails that may be horse, 4WD, ATV, bike, and hiker use, depending on where they are of course. (That is those govt pros that are left, most parks trail crews are long gone in this economy, the independent pros get the contracts when their is money found.)
 

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We have a 3-credit "Trail Design & Construction" course here at SUNY Oneonta in Central NY. 3 credits to dig in the dirt twice weekly; it's pretty fun. We work on a 260-acre wilderness plot owned by the college that is located just off campus. It's part of our Outdoor Education program.
 
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