FVMBA Trail Steward Training Program

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The FVMBA Trail Steward training program is back for Spring 2024. Successful applicants will receive training in trail building and maintenance as well as first aid and chainsaw safety. After program completion, participants will receive a selection of trail tools essential for helping out on the trail. Training opportunities will run through Spring 2024 with more options for Fall 2024 as well. Space is limited!

In exchange for providing free training, all program participants are asked to commit to 30 hours of volunteer work on the trails within 12 months of completing the program. Applications for Spring 2024 open February 1.

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Successful applicants to the program will receive the following:

First Aid Certification


Successful applicants  who have completed at least one of the Trail Care workshops can choose between taking OFA Level 1 at a time that works for them (FVMBA will reimburse training costs) or joining a Remote First Aid Course to be held early Spring 2024.

Chainsaw Safety Training


The FVMBA plans to host a course on Chainsaw Safety & Cutting Techniques for successful applicants. Dates TBD.

Trail Building Workshops


Learn about trail maintenance & building through FVMBA Trail Workshops: repairing & preventing erosion, building bridges & wood features, using rock work on trails, & much more!

Essential Trail Tool Kit


Complete the program & receive tools to get to you started, including a folding hand saw, a custom trail tool, shovel, draw knife, and more!
Training courses will run through Spring 2024 with more planned for Fall 2024 (dates coming soon). Not able to commit to the whole program but still interested in learning about trail work? We’ll be offering multiple sessions of the trail building workshops and all FVMBA members are welcome to join.

Why is the FVMBA offering this program?

Trails don’t maintain themselves and with over 1200 km of trails within the Fraser Valley to care for, we need your help! Our goal is to increase our volunteer capacity and empower our trail community with the skills necessary to help maintain the trails we all love. Having sustainable trails not only means designing trails to protect the environment and help minimize maintenance but also fostering a community of folks who are passionate about caring for the trails.

 

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