The U.S. Forest Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), and the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is hosting a crosscut A/B and a Crosscut C certification course October 17-21, 2022.
Why? To build capacity for wilderness stewardship and reduce the upcoming bottleneck of pandemic-related certification expirations for agency staff, partners and volunteers.
What? Crosscut A/B, Crosscut C, and Crosscut C Evaluator* certification courses
*pending instructor availability
Where? Mount Rogers NRA Volunteer Trail Camp (Konnarock) in Sugar Grove, Virginia
When? Crosscut C & Evaluator–October 17-21, 2022, Crosscut A/B–October 19-21, 2022
How to attend? Students for both courses may apply by filling out the form below. Crosscut C sawyer applicants must apply and provide a letter of recommendation from their supervisor, local land management office decision maker, or club official or ATC representative.
Course layout and expectations:
Crosscut C course: C sawyer participants are expected to arrive by 1 pm on October 17th with the skills and knowledge to address complex bucking and falling scenarios in the field and instruct and evaluate Crosscut A/B participants.
Crosscut A/B course: Students are expected to attend classroom and field portions of the A/B course starting at 8 am on Wednesday, October 19th. All participants must be able to provide proof of current First Aid and CPR certifications. Please register below.
Expect courses to begin at 8 am and end by 5 pm daily.
About the volunteer trail camp: Home to the Konnarock Volunteer AT crew, the facility has about 15 semi-developed, roofed sleeping areas with 2-3 beds, a full-service professional kitchen, gendered bathrooms and showers, clothes washers/dryers, a community room for classes and dining, and outdoor picnic tables. There is limited wi-fi available and no cell phone service. The Mount Rogers NRA Sugar Grove Work Center is adjacent to the camp. Training field sites will be within walking distance from the camp. The address for the Work Center is 655 Flat Ridge Rd, Sugar Grove, VA 24375, the entrance to the volunteer camp is west of the address.
Other Accommodations: Marion, VA has several lodging and dining options. It is approximately a 25 minute drive to the volunteer trail camp.
Please fill out the form below to apply.