November 4-8, 2019
Dardanelle State Park
The Great Rivers WSI gets its name from the region of America through which many rivers flow: the Mississippi, Buffalo, Arkansas, and Eleven-Point to name a few. The US Forest Service and the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) are joining together again to offer shoulder-to-shoulder learning opportunities for agency staff, partners and volunteers to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to steward our country’s most protected landscapes—federally designated Wilderness.
2019 Great Rivers WSI Course Description
Students will begin the week split into one of two tracks, CPR and First Aid Certification or Tool Re-handling before coming together as a group in the crosscut saw training and certification course. The week will finish out with a wilderness stewardship course.
CPR & First Aid Certification -Track 1
Lead Facilitator: Robert Duggan, USFS
First Aid and CPR are a required certification in order to use crosscut saws on national forest lands. The First Aid and CPR course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast paced, hands-on training is designed to introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured. 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.
Tool Re-handling- Track 2
Lead Facilitator: Kelly Pearson, USFS
Students who already have a current First Aid and CPR certification will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of re-handling traditional tools. Proper techniques for using an axe including demonstration and hands on experience are also included.
Crosscut Saw Training and Certification (A/B)- All students
Lead Facilitator: Katie Currier, SAWS
Classroom-based instruction and field experience in the use of the crosscut saws and axes. Students will learn how to safely utilize crosscuts and axes 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.
Wilderness Stewardship-All students
Lead Facilitator: John Campbell, USFS
Learn wilderness history with an introduction to the Wilderness Act and the Minimum Requirements Analysis. There will be an overview of selected wilderness stewardship topics, including Wilderness Stewardship Performance and Wilderness Character Monitoring.
Great Rivers WSI 2019 Application
Please fill out the application below. You will receive a confirmation email that your application was received, check your “spam” folder. Application closes on September 13th. Review of applications will begin shortly after.