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Mini-Excavator Skill Builder for Narrow Trails Workshop

Instructor: Gerry Wilbour, Northwest Trails and Zachary Anderson, Casa Di Terra
Date: Saturday, May 16
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 10 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 Double Tree Hotel to Stub Stewart State Park worksite and back to the OCC each day of workshop. If you have your own transportation, you may use that and meet us at Stub Stewart State Park.

This fee includes: nationally recognized instructors, high instructor to participant ratio, lunch, mini-excavator rental and related equipment, and limited PPE.

Maximum of 10 participants.

Workshop Description
One skilled mini-excavator operator and the right machine can do the work of many hand laborers in a fraction of the time. In a dollars and cents world, machines save you time and money on any given trail project.

An un-trained machine operator can do a lot of damage in no time, especially on a narrow trail corridor. This often requires significant time to "clean up the mess." These situations have given machine built trail a bad image and left trail users and land managers wondering if there is a "better way."

The "better way" is using machines for the project but making sure the operators are well trained, skilled in a tool box of narrow trail building techniques, and have a light touch. This workshop follows up on the concepts presented in the 1 day “Management and Operation of Right Sized Equipment for Sustainable Trails in Natural Areas” workshop on Friday, May 15. This 1-day workshop is completely hands on in the field working on the 2015 Legacy Trail, and will focus on giving participants a good head start and introduction into the world of mechanized trail building with mini-excavators on narrow trail corridors. Join us for this hot topic workshop and learn how to use machines, but yield a high level of finish and an "always been there" look.

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

7:30 am Load the vans to transport to Stub Stewart State Park work site.
8:30 am Introduction to Mini-excavator loading, unloading and basic operation review.
10 am Break into two groups. 1) Lead excavator techniques (Bench cut trail, root and tree management, spoils management) and 2) Follow excavator operation techniques (dressing the trail, backsloping, spoils management)
12 pm Lunch (box lunch provided)
12:30 pm Rotate Groups and continue trail construction
3:30 pm Loading, tie-down and transportation techniques
4:00 pm Load vans for transport back to Convention Center.

Workshop Topics
1. Ability to move and operate the machine safely - demonstrate an understanding of operator, bystander, and environmental safety
2. Ability to operate the controls and build to a high level - demonstrate an understanding of how the machine works, how to use it effectively and efficiently, and how to work in a variety of conditions.
3. Ability to keep the machine operating properly via proper maintenance – demonstrating a knowledge of the mechanical aspects of the machine, and what to look for in the field and the shop to keep it in good running order, and avoid breakdowns.
4. Ability to safely and legally transport the machine - including tie-downs, trailer and truck capacities, and safe on and off-road transport practices.

What to Bring:
Appropriate field gear for the weather. Expect to be outside 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:

Mike Passo, PTBA Director

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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