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Mechanized Construction Techniques for Sensitive Areas Workshop

Instructor: Zachary Anderson, Casa Di Terra
Date: Sunday, May 17
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $175 early registration ($200 after March 20) plus $25 transportation fee (optional)
Maximum of 20 participants

Workshop Costs:
Due to a generous sponsorship from REI this workshop has been discounted from the normal rate of $225 per person to $175 early registration ($200 after March 20).

$25 transportation fee (optional). Transportation from the Double Tree Hotel to Stub Stewart State Park worksite and back to the OCC for the day. If you have your own transportation, you may use that and meet us at Stub Stewart State Park.

Workshop Description
Discussion and descriptions of considerations and techniques for mechanized use in sensitive build locations:
• Hydrology, Sediment, Botany, Invasive species
• Tricks of the trade for keeping impacts within the trail prism
• Double digging for steep side slopes, scoring, bench waddles and more
• Questions welcome, mechanized demonstrations

Workshop Agenda (sample, may change at the will of the instructor)

7:30 am Load the vans to transport to Tryon Creek State Park work site
8:30 am Introduction to Sensitive Environments
10 am Review of current Trail Standards and Best Management Practices for Sensitive Watersheds, including the Workshop Topics listed below
12 pm Lunch (box lunch provided)
12:30 pm Outdoor demonstration of sensitive trail construction techniques using mechanized tools
4:00 pm Load vans for transport back to Convention Center.

Workshop Topics
- Trail construction techniques
- Guidelines for preventing resource damage
- Creek or ephemeral drainage crossings
- Difficulty classifications
- Switchbacks and Rolling Turns
- Rolling Dips, Grade Reversals, or Drain Dips

Instructor Biography –

Zachary Anderson, Casa Di Terra – Originally hailing from upstate Vermont, Zach has had a colorful background as puppeteer, river rafting guide, community trail advocate and builder, business owner and founder of a large mountain bike club. He has also gained a thorough understanding of sustainable trailbuilding, and in 2009 he was accepted into the Professional Trail Builders Association. Zachi is passionate about trails and mountain biking, which led to his love for design and building flowy singletrack. Over the last 20 years, he and a team of friends have personally built over 30 of the 35+ miles of exceptional mountain bike trails, primarily in and around the old gold town of Forest City, soon to be connected by a new trail to the popular Downieville mountain biking area. As his skills evolved he became known for creating flow-y single-track trails and graceful arched rock bridges.

What to Bring:
Appropriate field gear for the weather. Expect to be outside for the duration of the workshop. We are in the Coast Range of NW Oregon, which is a wet environment. Expect rain and be pleasantly surprised if it stays dry. This is a working and very hands on workshop, please come prepared for such. Being prepared includes having the following: good work clothing including rain gear, good boots, gloves, eye protection, hearing protection, and a hard hat. Lunch is provided but you will need to bring a pack for water, snacks, and extra clothing. Barring major weather events this workshop will happen rain, snow, or shine.

Workshop Meeting Place

If you are planning to drive yourself-
Meet your workshop at 8:45 am at the LL Stub Stewart State Park (30380 NW Hwy 47, Buxton, OR 97109) Visitor Center parking lot. This is a 40 minute drive from downtown Portland.
If you have registered for van transportation-
Our group will meet at 7:45 am on the day of the workshop at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland, OR 97232) in the Oregon Room.
Contact Mike Passo (mpasso@trailbuilders.org, 360-734-7270) if you neglected to register for transportation and would like to use the van transportation services (addition fees apply).

LL Stub Stewart State Park (30380 NW Hwy 47, Buxton, OR 97109)
From I-405 --
Follow I-405 to US Hwy 26 West toward Beaverton (Exit 1D).
Continue on US 26 for 28.2 miles.
Take a right on OR 47 North (signs for Vernonia/Clatskanie) for 4.1 miles.
Follow the signs for LL Stub Stewart State Park on the right and proceed to the Visitor Center parking lot.
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland, OR 97232)
From I-5 South - Washington
Take exit 302A toward Moda Center/City Center
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Rose Quarter
Continue straight onto N Vancouver Avenue
Continue onto NE Wheeler Avenue
Turn left onto NE Multnomah Street and the hotel will be on your right
From I-5 North - Salem Area
Take exit 302A for Weidler Street
Merge right onto NE Weidler Street
Turn right onto NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Turn left onto NE Multnomah Street and the hotel will be on your right
From Portland International Airport (PDX)
Get on I-205 S
Follow I-205 S and take exit 21B for I-84/US-30 W toward Portland
Merge onto I-84/US-30 W
Take exit 1 toward Llyod Center
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Llyod Center and merge onto NE 13th Avenue
Turn left onto NE Multnomah Street
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland will be on the left

At the end of your Workshop, we will load up the vans at 4:00 pm and travel back to the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. Plan to arrive back at the Hotel at 5:00 pm.

PTBA Coordinator (Mike Passo) 360-734-7270
Workshop Assistant Coordinator (Pat Passo) 360-961-4332
PTBA President (Peter Jensen) 413-441-0204
LL Stub Stewart State Park Office 503-324-0606
Providence Portland Medical Center 911 (general 503-215-1111)
4805 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213

For More Information, Contact:

Zachi Anderson, Owner
Casa Di Terra
Phone: 530 205-6618
Email: zachi@casaditerra.net

For more information on the Professional Trailbuilders Association, visit www.trailbuilders.org

Symposium Sponsors





American Trails

P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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