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Trail Maintenance Classes - Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests plans to conduct 3 basic trail maintenance courses and 1 advanced trail training course this fall.  These courses will be taught by Forest Service retiree David Kuykendall, former Outdoor Recreation Planner on the Blue Ridge Ranger District.  This is an opportunity you'll not want to miss!  David has extensive knowledge and experience assessing, laying out, constructing, and maintaining trails on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest trails in Northern Georgia.

To attend one of these trail trainings, volunteers will need to fill out the attached form and return to [email protected].  Participants must commit to completing an additional day performing the trail techniques learned in the course on the forest.  Participants must also be under an existing volunteer agreement (if not, please contact [email protected]).

Basic Trail Maintenance Course – One day field course designed for those wanting to learn more about proper tool handling, corridor clearing, trail tread maintenance, signing, closing user-created trails and water drainage techniques.

·         9/1  - Lake Chatuge Trail, Hiawassee 

·         10/14 – Coopers Creek, Suches

·         12/2 - Location to be determined

Advance Trail Training Course – Two day course combing field and classroom instruction for advancing knowledge, skills and abilities to conduct trail assessments, trail layout and design, trail construction, trail constructed features, and techniques for trail closures.

·         11/4-5 - Location to be determined

Please fill out the attached form and send to [email protected] to reserve your spot.  David will send out specific meeting information.  If for any reason you are unable to attend this training, let us know as soon as possible.  If you have questions regarding these classes or other opportunities, don’t hesitate to contact me directly  [email protected]).