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Fleming College offers Sustainable Trails Certificate Program


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A part-time certificate program in Sustainable Trail Development is being offered at the Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ontario. Topics covered will include trail planning, design and construction, trail business planning, law, risk management, education and interpretation, ecological sustainability.

Program Features:


Upon successful completion of this certificate, participants will be able to do the following:


Trail Business Planning and Law & Risk Management
Managing the risks associated with multi-use trails can create some unique challenges for municipalities, private land owners, and trail user groups. There is much confusion and misunderstanding regarding many of the liabilities associated with trails, and there are errors committed when transferring the risks from landowners (public and private) to trail user groups. This course will provide answers and preventative actions to many of the legal and risk issues associated with trails. Course participants will also spend a day examining basic concepts and techniques used in developing a trail business plan. Emphasis will be on entrepreneurial strategy, the business plan, marketing, and financial management. Course ID: RECR 112 (14 hrs)

Trail Design
This is a highly interactive course that builds on the Trail Planning course and includes an overview of trail design principles and techniques. You will engage in a field tour to assess a variety of trail designs, and also design a charrette for a gap or a specific missing trail segment. Course ID: RECR 114 (21 hrs)

Trail Maintenance & Signage
Maintenance begins immediately following the trail construction and continues until such time as the trail has been decommissioned. The course objectives are to provide for user safety, user access, and convenience; to protect adjacent resources; and to preserve trail investment. This course will provide general maintenance guidelines for monitoring and maintaining natural surface trails. Signs are critical communication tools. They guide visitors to the trail and sites along the trail, identify sites and facilities, provide warnings about hazards, convey management policies, and give educational information. A comprehensive sign plan will bring order to the content, scale, appearance, and placement of these various kinds of messages. The content must be large enough to be legible from a motorized vehicle or a non-motorized activity. This course will answer the common questions about sign development and production without significantly replicating information from other sign standard manuals.

Ecologically Sustainable Trails
The balance between protection of the environment and trail use is a delicate one to maintain. The basic understanding of ecology combined with key principles for sustainable trails using case studies and examples will provide the bases for effective trail planning and design. As well, practical ideas as to how to decommission trails and rehabilitate trails will be examined.

Trail Planning
The first step in trail development is the preparation of a trail plan. This course will examine what is needed to write a realistic and sustainable plan. It will match the user’s expectations to the proposed plan in order to have a specific type of trail experience. Items such as landownership, legislation, and site evaluation will be studied in the preparation of a comprehensive sustainable plan that can be used to support project proposals for partnerships and funding. There will be some field work involved in order to use planning tools such as a GPS, aerial photography and maps. Course ID: RECR 115 (14 hrs)

Trail Construction
Building upon trail planning and design, this basic trail construction course will combine both theory and practical learning. Participants will have the opportunity to build parts of trail in the field using hand tools, techniques, and knowledge gained from classroom instruction. Using best practices and construction techniques, participants will experience how sustainable trails need to be constructed. Course ID: RECR 113 (21 hrs)

Management of Trail Users & Volunteers
The aim of this course is to provide participants with a practical understanding of how to manage the users of a trail and enable them to develop a plan for managing users on trails with which they are involved. Participants will develop a draft plan for managing users on a specific trail. Determining uses, articulating behavior and regulations to minimize conflicts between users, developing a code of user behavior, and managing events on trails will be discussed.
The second day of the course will cover volunteer management through the steps of effective supervision. By defining and communicating clear expectations, guiding and supporting volunteer staff and developing meaningful reward and recognition activities; managers can improve volunteer job satisfaction and improve retention. Local, provincial, national associations and internet resources will be examined as sources for ongoing professional management development.


Introduction to Trails
Sustainable trails have many facets, including environmental, social and economic sustainability. The aim of this course is to provide participants with a practical overview of the many aspects of trails including business planning, planning, designing, construction, people management, law and liability, trail ecology, and more.

Marketing & Promoting Trails
This course covers basic concepts of online marketing and promotion techniques such as web site design and social marketing, as they relate to recreational trails. Various online marketing and promotion strategies will be examined, as well as comparisons with offline strategies such as magazine adverts, editorial and flyers. Through the use of a marketing plan framework participants will be able to apply certain concepts and generalization as it applies to a trail.Course ID: RECR 111 (14 hrs)

Wilderness Survival Part 1
Many careers in natural resources, parks, tourism, or forestry require working in isolated areas of our country. Working and traveling in these regions can be hazardous. Learning how to cope under harsh conditions can be a valuable “resume builder” for those seeking employment in these fields. Building shelters from available materials, orientation, finding food, making fire without matches and staying warm are fundamental necessities in dealing with such crises. This two-day session focuses on individual survival training and provides the fundamental skills needed for Wilderness Survival Part 2. Please bring a sharp, non-folding hunting knife, leather work gloves, and a mirrored compass. Snowshoes are helpful in winter weather. Course ID: NATR 29 (15 hrs) Ken Reid Conservation Area, Lindsay

Trails Education & Interpretation
Individuals using a trail may not be aware of the unique and specific attributes of a particular trail. This course will assist participants in developing stimulating educational and interpretive sessions concerning specific recreational trail attributes. Course ID: RECR 116 (14 hrs)

Universal Trail Assessment
Trail and outdoor use is increasing among all sectors of the Canadian population and the most significant barrier to trail access is a lack of information about trail conditions. The Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) is an objective method of documenting trail conditions. The Trail Access Information (TAI) created provides information such as grade, cross slope, surface, width, or obstacles found on the trail. TAI enables users to make informed decisions about whether a trail suits their abilities and interests.

Motorized Trail Recreation
This course will provide an overview of all types of motorized trail use. It will build upon the basic principles of planning, design and construction discussed in other courses but will cover the broad aspects of off highway vehicle recreation, planning and construction of OHV trails and facilities and operation and management of OHV trail systems.

Chainsaw Operator
This entry-level course is based on the competency standards set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The first eight hours are spent in the classroom learning chainsaw use, maintenance and safety techniques. Then two days are spent in the bush practicing these methods. You must provide your own chainsaw, supplies, and safety equipment. For a complete list of required equipment, please call 1-888- 269-6929, ext. 3310. Course ID: MECH 82 (24 hrs) Frost Campus, Lindsay

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