May 20 – 24, 2019
A/B Crosscut and Axe Certification (Paired with CPR &WFA)
Facilitator: David Finnan, U.S. Forest Service and Katie Currier, SAWS
The A/B Crosscut Certification Course provides students with both classroom-based instruction and field experience in the use of the crosscut saws and axes. Students will learn how to safely utilize these tools in a trail maintenance capacity. The course will cover tool history, best practices in the field, one-on-one instruction in tool use in the field, tool care, safety, and transportation of the tools. Successful completion of this course is required to legally use these tools on national forest lands while participating in stewardship efforts. Certification is a product of completion of this course and the ability to demonstrate safe and competent use of both the crosscut saw and axe.
CPR & Wilderness First Aid Certification (Paired with A/B Crosscut)
Lead Instructor: Landmark Learning
The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts, and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.
Rock Splitting and Shaping
Facilitator: Jolly Rovers
Employed by the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome up through the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, traditional stone splitting is a deeply historic craft that few get to see and use in the modern world. After teaching students how to read and analyze a rocks structure we’ll instruct them how split and shape it into the desired dimensions using various stone shaping hammers and splitting wedges. Also covered in this course will be the basic principles of leverage in using rock bars and picks to maneuver large stones after they’ve been split. Even if you have no experience with any of the above tools, you will leave knowing how to shape a boulder into blocks for later use in wilderness construction.
Wilderness Policy and Ethics (Paired with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, or Wilderness Character Monitoring)
Lead Facilitator: David Cohen, SAWS
Wilderness Policy and Ethics will provide participants a foundation of knowledge and background regarding federally designated wilderness. This portion of the week’s courses will cover relevant history leading up to the Wilderness Act of 1964, important people who have influenced the world of preservation, the specifics of the Wilderness Act itself, an introduction to the concept of wilderness character and our mandate to preserve it, and the role of wilderness in the spectrum of public lands. Participants in this course will spend the second half of the week in one of two tracks: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, or Wilderness Character Monitoring. Wilderness Policy and Ethics will set the stage and provide context for the second half of the week.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Paired with Wilderness Policy and Ethics)
Lead Facilitator: Bill Hodge, SAWS
This course will explore current practices and policies that engage a broader swath of the American public for issues related to, and service programs for, public land conservation. There will be presentations that explore best management practices, how current thinking and messaging is not enough to create the connections to under-serviced communities and how new partnerships can bridge the gap. We will explore not just bringing new communities to public land work, but how the public land community can bring our energy and experience to other areas of social interest.
Wilderness Character Monitoring (Paired with Wilderness Policy and Ethics)
Lead Facilitator: John Campbell, U.S. Forest Service
The Wilderness Character Monitoring (WCM) session will provide participants with overview of the WCM program and current status. The session will review the Forest Service WCM Technical Guide and Keeping it Wild 2 and how to effectively use them throughout the process. The connection between WCM and Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) will be explored including data compilation, wilderness character narratives, measure selection and baseline assessment reports. The session will also introduce the databases to accomplish WCM and the resources that are available to help. Participants in this track will spend the first half of the week in Wilderness Policy and Ethics.
May 28 – 31, 2019
Partnering for Public Lands
Lead Facilitator: Bill Hodge, SAWS
This course is for organizations that are new to engaging in work on federal public lands, organizations that are wanting to build better working relationships with their agency partners, and those that want to build partnerships across the stewardship community. We will explore models of shared stewardship, we will workshop how to build well-framed agreements and we will invest time in how communication channels work best between organizations. We will cover agreement development, resource sharing and reporting.
Leave No Trace and Public Encounters
Lead Facilitator: Stephen Eren, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
How can field staff educate the public about leave no trace without sounding patronizing or waiting for it to become a problem? We will be diving into new and classic options for engaging the public, your coworkers, or your friends. You can look forward to hearing perspectives from federal land managers, nonprofit partners, and living legends that have dedicated their lives to land education. This course will include a Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer class, where participants will take their LNT knowledge to the next level. We will also teach Authority of the Resource techniques for speaking with the public in the field and put those techniques to use.
This course is an opportunity for beginners to familiarize themselves with the basics of trail maintenance and an excellent refresher for those with more experience. The course will be field-based and hands-on, so be prepared for dirt and sweat as we tackle common maintenance issues on real trails in the Pisgah National Forest. Topics covered will include safe and effective use of hand tools, trail assessment techniques, and mitigation/remediation of common erosion issues.
The application process will open on January 21st, 2019.