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Legacy Trail Maintenance and the SET Test for Improved Sustainability

This workshop teaches participants on how to access and repair trail issues on typical non-sustainable trail (legacy trails) in ways that improve their sustainability and reduce overall maintenance. Generally these issues center on water management, but the SET principles can be applied to basically any trail feature. The SET concept:

Sustainable: It should last and be effective for a long time, a generation or more, with minimal maintenance.
Effective: It should serve the purpose for which it was intended. It needs to work. Get water off the trail, reduce erosion, get folks across the muddy areas, etcetera.
Traversable: The feature has to be easy to cross; ideally the user will not even notice it. Features which are difficult to traverse often force users off the trail to go around them. Not only is this unsightly, and leads to trail widening, additional site disturbance, but also often gives water a path to bypass the feature as well.

The workshop covers:

  • Safety and PPE
  • Tools and tool maintenance
  • Vegetation management
  • Blazing
  • Blowdown management and reporting
  • Building SET rolling grade dips
  • Understanding when it might be appropriate to rehabilitate water bars to pass the SET test
  • Check dams
  • Trail edge berm removal and knicks

Time: Two days. Generally half day in the classroom with a slide show, then actual work on a trail for the rest of the time.
Facilities and site features needed: Classroom space for projector use and a trail on which to work, tools and PPE* for the crew
Class size: Up to twenty

*Basic PPE required:
• hardhats
• safety glasses
• sturdy work boots
• work gloves with dexterity