2017 Oregon Off-Highway Vehicle Great Trails Workshop

The National-Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with Oregon State Parks, the US Forest Service, The US Bureau of Land Management, and Union County Oregon will conduct an OHV Trails Workshop on May 16-18, 2017. The 3-day workshop will consist of a classroom session on May 16th at the La Grande Fire Station and field sessions on May 17th and 18th at the Mt. Emily Recreation Area..


When:May 16-18, 2017


La Grande Fire Department Training Room
1806 Cove Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850


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Register for the workshop now using TicketLeap.  There is no registration fee but advance online registration is required. The number of participants is limited, so register early. If you have problems registering, please contact our office at trailhead@nohvcc.org or call us at 800-348-6487.


Attendees must provide their own transportation from lodging to the Tuesday classroom session and to the Wednesday and Thursday field workshop at Mt. Emily Recreation Area. Field sessions will include walking to multiple trail sites so bring your best hiking shoes, rain gear, water, insect repellant, and other necessary gear.


Workshop Details


You may download a copy of the workshop agenda.


The workshop will focus on OHV trail maintenance, rehabilitation, improvement and relocation. Hands-on field training will be emphasized. The intended audience is trail managers; trail construction and maintenance supervisors and crews, engineering staff involved in trail planning, design, maintenance and construction; trail contractors, and trail volunteers.


OHV Program Managers.Wednesday only. Limited to 30 people. The morning session will be indoors. This is open for land managers to discuss your area’s particular land management area. This is a good opportunity for networking with other OHV programs in Oregon. Some topics will include side-by-side trails, State Parks Safety training program, State Parks Law Enforcement Tracking Program. In the afternoon, an easy trail ride on an ATV or in a side-by-side will tour the OHV trails trail system of Mt Emily Recreation Area. There will be several stops to look at layout and design techniques. Be sure to bring your own ATV, side-by-side or motorcycle if you want to take part in this.


Classroom sessions: La Grande Fire Station

  • How trail systems function and provide desired experiences
  • Trail Management Objectives – how they apply to trail maintenance
  • Creative trail design and innovative engineering practices
  • Trail maintenance techniques specific to various trail uses and conditions
  • Trail reroutes
  • Maximizing partnerships to leverage limited resources
  • Trail construction/maintenance equipment overview – capabilities and limitations


Field sessions: Mt. Emily Recreation Area

  • Trail maintenance techniques exercises
  • Trail construction demonstrations
  • Creative trail design and layout exercises
  • Trail relocation exercises
  • Trail design considerations for different types of OHV


Lodging Information


A block of rooms at the government rate has been reserved at the Amerca's Best Value Sandman Inn in La Grande for workshop participants. These rooms may be reserved by calling (541) 963-3707 and asking for the NOHVCC block of rooms. This hotel has a 24 hour pool, hot tub, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and free continental breakfast. All room reservations must be made by May 1st.