High Cascades Forest Volunteers
Class Descriptions
West Cascade
 Instructor:  Lyndell Wilkin and Carol Gleason & Jan Carpenter
Time: 8 hours 
Allingham Instructors:  Carol Gleason & Jan Carpenter
Time:  6 hours 
Geared for wilderness environments, this class provides information on prevention, assessment and responding to emergencies including bleeding, strains, sprains, dislocations, fractures, heat and cold illness, bites, stings and sudden illness.  Transporting of an injured or ill person will be addressed.  This is not a Red Cross certification class.  You will receive a Wilderness First Aid Card from the Forest Service after completing the 8 hour training  A three year renewal is required for saw certification.  Participants are asked to bring their pack and supplies that they would carry in the woods. During class scenarios participants will use what they have in their packs, in addition to some of the supplies provided by the instructor, to respond to an injury.  
West Cascade Instructors: Carol Gleason & Jan Carpenter
Allingham Instructor:  Carol Gleason & Jan Carpenter
Time: 2 hours 
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills will be learned and practiced.  A two year renewal is required for saw certification.
West Cascade Instructor:  Brad Peterson
Allingham Instructor: Joe Welke
Two 8 hour days
This session covers the fundamentals of Crosscut Saw use. It focuses on hazard assessment, safety procedures, saw selection and tooth patterns, the importance of axes and wedges, and the best practices for clearing trail effectively in challenging and potentially hazardous situations. This course consists of one classroom day and one field day clearing trail. The instructor will determine the certification level. Long-sleeve shirt, pants, leather boots, eye protection, gloves and hard hats are required. Gloves and hard hats will be available for those who don’t have them. Bring a saw if you have one.  A current CPR and 1st Aid card are required to take Saw certification classes. Bring your cards with you to the class.  If your cards are not current you can register for the classes at West Cascade or Allingham.
West Cascade Instructor: Jim Bone, Larry Larson, and Jim Suiter
Allingham Instructor:  Gary Guttormsen, and Jim Bone
Two 8 hours days
Instructors: Marlo Fisher
Time: 4 hrs
Limit: 20
Even in protected wilderness and recreation areas, invasive species can invade by hitchhiking on people, dogs, horses, bikes, wading boots and other gear. Once established, invasive species replace native flora, make the habitat inhospitable to wildlife, and can even change the way the ecosystem works. This workshop offers information on what species to look for, how to report them and preventative actions.
207  Campsite Evaluation and Decommission   
2019 Allingham Classes
2019 Saw Certification Classes West Cascades and Allingham
2019 West Cascade Classes (classes limited to 16 students)
Wilderness First Aid
CPR (ASHI)
CrossCut Certification
Chain Saw Certification
Invasive Weed Field Trip 
Learn how to put an abandoned campsite or section of trail to bed so that it returns to nature without erosion. Some call this Zen and the art of wilderness gardening, or trail magic because if properly done the old trail disappears. Includes transplanting, seed collection, and rock placements.
Instructor: Schubert
Time: 8 hrs

Are you interested in helping certified sawyers clear the trails, but don’t have much experience working with or around saws? Regardless if you aim to become a certified sawyer yourself, learning to be a safety-conscious saw crew member is an important place to start. This class provides field experience with crosscut saws and axes, as well as some demonstration of chain sawyer assistant "swamper," skills and chain saw safety. While "on the project training" is always available, this class is a great start, no matter what trail clearing saw teams you expect to be on. You will have an introduction to both x-cut and chain saws, including axes, and including a review of trail clearing specifications, and safety equipment. Also taught, will the be the forces of tension and bind, and situational awareness. This class is only an introduction; it does NOT provide any saw certifications. Further certifications are required for those who wish to become lead sawyers. 
 Course 103 Intro to Log Out
Instructor: Jim Bone, Ed Willson
Time: 8 hrs
Limit:16

Understand sign specifications and learn how to install signs and keep proper records in conjunction with land managers.  Learn about agency standards for signs.  Making needed signs is very gratifying, though navigating the Forest Service sign manual requires special attention to detail.
(The focus of the 4 hr class at Allingham is on installation only.)
Instructor: Mike Brasfield
Time: 4 hrs

Chain Saw Maintenance.
Instructor: Jim Bone
Time:  2 hrs

Course 101/102  Intro To Trail Maintenance  
Instructor: Garrett Turner
Time: Two 8 hours days



Intended for those new to trail work who want to learn how to cut brush and small logs to help clear a trail to proper specifications. After discussion of general safety protocols, students learn about safe and effective use of hand saws and loppers. This class also includes how to complete an early season trail survey to identify and report major problems, especially blown down logs, by their number, location, and size.  It will include use of GPS Apps such as GAIA and OnX. 
This 2 hour class provides detailed instructions on the importance of ensuring your saw’s required safety features are functioning as designed. The class also covers preventive and routine maintenance including troubleshooting problems such as hard starting, poor running or cutting problems. Bring your enthusiasm, any questions you may have and, if you would like, bring your own saw.
208 Trail Sign Installation
Intro to GPS
200  Trail Design
101/102  Intro to Trail Management
Course 205  Tread Reconstruction
Instructor: C Kuplent
Time: 16 hrs.
Intended for those new to trail work who want to learn how to cut brush and small logs to help clear a trail to proper specifications. After discussion of general safety protocols, students learn about safe and effective use of hand saws and loppers. This class also includes how to complete an early season trail survey to identify and report major problems, especially blown down logs, by their number, location, and size.
Instructors:  Chris Sabo
Time: 16 hrs


For curious trail workers who want to understand why so many trails are in bad shape because of how they were made. Learn how better design and layout makes trails more sustainable and less prone to erosion. Introduction to different trail design standards appropriate for different kinds of trails. This class is for anybody interested in these topics, but students with some trail building and maintenance experience will benefit the most.  Please note that during the field exercise, we will design a proposed trail layout in a place where there is no existing trail. This means we will bush-whack through the woods on uneven, sometimes steep, terrain.
Reviews the concepts of hillside hydrology and basic trail layout. Re-excavate badly slipped and cupped tread to re-establish outslope and restore the tread to original or ideal specs. (Pre-requisite: 102, or equivalent experience)
Learn how to use your hand-held GPS with confidence. This intro course will explore GPS theory, navigation, data collection, and GPS features. Be prepared to get dirty by navigating and collecting data in the field using your GPS. Course is intended for anyone looking to improve GPS skills and is taught using the Garmin platform but techniques can be applied to any manufacturer. Students should bring their own GPS and extra batteries.  
Instructor: 
Time: 4 hr
Course 107 Tool Maintenance
Course 300  Rock Retaining Walls
Learn fundamentals of rock construction including an emphasis on effective and safe use of rock bars the critical tool for all rock work. We’ll tackle basic rock placement techniques for walls to last the ages. Recommended after taking 203 or equivalent experience.
Instructor: R Thompson, S Truelson
Time: 8 hrs

Learn how to care for trail tools and protective gear. Keeping tools sharp and in safe working order is critical for working efficiently and safely. We’ll discuss the importance of inspecting wooden handled tools and the proper method of temporarily tightening the handles or replacing them. We’ll cover how to inspect tools for serviceability, how to properly sharpen basic trail tools and discuss why we don’t sharpen others. You’ll learn the benefits of sharpening tools under ideal conditions as opposed to the more difficult challenges of field sharpening. This class includes hands on training so bring your leather boots, wrap around eye protection and gloves. Prior to the class you will receive course related material.
Instructors: Wayne Chevalier
Time: 4 hrs
Instructor: Wayne Chevalier
Time: 8 hrs

The FS requires that chainsaw operators be certified. Attending this Course does not guarantee certification but for those who successfully complete the Course they will be USFS certified which will allow them to operate a chain saw without the presence of another certified sawyer. The Certification is valid for 3 years. The class focuses on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), chainsaw safety features, safe chain saw operations, hazard/complexity assessment, importance and use of axes and wedges,understanding trail standards and safe practices in clearing/maintaining trails in challenging and often
hazardous situations. The Course consists of 2 days. Day 1 consists of primarily classroom training with some “hands on” chain saw experiences. Day 2 is almost exclusively chain saw field work. At the end of Day 2, the instructor/certifier will determine the certification level. 

A current First Aid and CPR card are required before a Saw Certification card will be issued. If you have these cards please bring them to class. For those who successfully complete the course and show proof of current First Aid and CPR certification their chain saw certification card will be provided within 30 days.

In order to attend the Course you will need to bring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): a helmet, hearing protection, wrap around eye protection, long sleeve shirt, full length pants, gloves, chain sawsafety chaps, laced 8” high lugged or caulked heavy leather or Kevlar (or equivalent) boot, single bit axe with sheath and 3 or more wedges. The underlined equipment above is personal equipment/clothing and solely your responsibility to provide. You may want to withhold purchase of a helmet, chaps or saw prior to the class as you will likely be a more informed buyer after attending the class.Prior to the class you will receive course related material and a reminder of the needed PPE and other equipment you’ll need to bring to the class. You’ll be asked to notify us if you are lacking a saw or other required equipment. In most cases we can provide loaners.
When you’re out on a trail project, safety is the number one priority. And one of the most critical skills to a safe trail project is communication, whether between crews, or in an emergency situation. Every trail volunteer should know how to make an emergency communication.  

There are many different types of communication devices that can be used on trail projects. Forest Service radios, CB’s, family radios, ham radios and cell phones can all be options. Find out which is best for your trail project, and which might make a good backup. We will review Forest Service radio usage, plus we will review Trail Communication Plans.Double click here to add text.
Radio Class
Instructors: Daniel Preston
Time: 2 hrs

Instructors
Time: 8 hrs

Intended for someone who has taken 201 (Drainage Design & Drain Dips) and/or has considerable experience doing drainage work.  Where earthen rolling drain dips are not feasible, drainage features are sometimes armored using rock or log.  Learn contemporary techniques to build water bars and checks with both rock and log. The class will include a review of outdated techniques, and how to convert “old school” waterbars to a more effective design.
Course 203  Water bars and Checks
Course 207  Trail Decommissioning and Wildland Restoration  
Learn how to put an abandoned campsite or section of trail to bed so that it returns to nature without erosion. Some call this Zen and the art of wilderness gardening, or trail magic because if properly done the old trail disappears. Includes transplanting, seed collection, and rock placements.
Instructor: Dana Hendricks, Richard Nix
Time: 8 hrs

For students with moderate to extensive trail building experience who want to lead trail crews and work parties.  Not a construction techniques class; this is about effective leadership.  Students will have classroom and field work in the following topics:  Work Day Responsibilities; Risk Assessment and Safety; Tool Safety & Tool Talks; Leadership & Team Building; Practical Experience Leading Trail Crews.
Course 304  Managing a Crew   
Instructors: Dana Hendricks
Time: 8 hrs


2019 WFA and CPR Classes West Cascades and Allingham
Instructors: Dana Hendricks, Bill Carpenter
Time: 4 hrs

Introduction to PCT Stewardship 
Instructors: Dana Hendricks, Bill Carpenter
Time: 4 hrs

Introduction to PCT Stewardship 
Chain Saw Maintenance.
West Cascades Instructor: Jim Bone
Time:  2 hrs

This 2 hour class provides detailed instructions on the importance of ensuring your saw’s required safety features are functioning as designed. The class also covers preventive and routine maintenance including troubleshooting problems such as hard starting, poor running or cutting problems. Bring your enthusiasm, any questions you may have and, if you would like, bring your own saw.
Course 205  Tread Re-Construction 
Instructor:  Dana Hendricks
Time: 8 hrs

This course goes beyond a triage approach covered in Course 203 Waterbars and Checks because
reconstruction indicates a more thorough restoration of damaged tread to ideal specifications. Review
hillside hydrology and how trails should work. Practice systematic slough & berm removal, re-cutting
sidehill tread. Learn to reconstruct tread after gullying, tread creep, nasty roots, and uprooted trees.
Pre-requisites: 201 and 203, or equivalent experience.
Each section of the PCT has a volunteer who keeps track of conditions which require maintenance.  Stewards are often the first eyes on the trail each spring, and become very familiar with that section throughout the season.  Find out exactly what a PCT Steward does to support the trail, and what it takes to become a Steward. 
Each section of the PCT has a volunteer who keeps track of conditions which require maintenance.  Stewards are often the first eyes on the trail each spring, and become very familiar with that section throughout the season.  Find out exactly what a PCT Steward does to support the trail, and what it takes to become a Steward. 
Get Weed Wise! Identification and Mapping of Weeds in Wilderness
Instructor: Jenny Lippert & Krista Farris
Time:  4 hrs

Help the National Forests keep weeds out of the wilderness! In this class you will learn how to identify ten priority weed species, as well as how to map their locations and collect specimens. Course includes classroom and field portions, so participants should dress appropriate for field work. Participants are encouraged to bring a smart-phone with the “iNaturalist” app downloaded in advance (available free in google play and the app store). Tablets will be available for training purposes for anyone without a smart phone.  
Roads to Trails Conversion
Learn about issues related to turning roads into trails.  
Instructor: Woody Keen
Time: 8 hr
Radio Communications
West Cascades Instructor: Mark Dryer
Time:  2 hrs

This 2 hour class provides detailed instructions on the importance of ensuring your saw’s required safety features are functioning as designed. The class also covers preventive and routine maintenance including troubleshooting problems such as hard starting, poor running or cutting problems. Bring your enthusiasm, any questions you may have and, if you would like, bring your own saw.