Great Trails Sample Agenda

(Note: Agenda May Vary Based on Local Factors)

Day 1

 7:30am – 8:00am     Check-in

8:00am – 8:30am     Introductions, Getting Started and Agenda Overview

  • Introductions
  • What is NOHVCC
  • Workshop Objectives and Overview
  • Workshop Rules, etc.

 8:30am – 9:00am     What Makes a Great Trail Great

  • The Great Trail Continuum – Integrating Planning, Design, Implementation/Construction, Maintenance, and Management
  • The Elements of WOW – Understanding Physical and Human Elements
  • Adaptive Management
  • The Key Elements for Success

9:00am – 10:00am   OHV Management Fundamentals

Eight Key Elements to Achieve Management Success:

  • Management
  • 4Es
  • 3Ds
  • Seat Time
  • Speed
  • One-Way Trails
  • Variety
  • Quality

 10:00am – 10:15am Break

10:15am – 11:15am OHV Trail Planning Principles

  • Elements the Planner Needs to Know and Understand
  • Balancing Riders’ Needs with Resource Protection
  • Understanding the Role of Quantity, Systems, and Quality
  • Trail Management Objectives (TMO)
  • Planning Strategies for Better Trails Now and Into the Future
  • Change and Adaptive Management

11:15am-12:00pm   TMO Development: Small Group Exercise

  • Creating a TMO for a Motorized Trail

12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch: Provided for Registered Attendees

12:30pm – 1:00pm   What is Sustainability?

  • What it Means and How to Achieve it
  • Harmony and Flow
  • Four Aspects of Sustainability
  • Basic Guidelines for Sustainable Trails

1:00pm – 2:00pm    Engineering 101

  • Why do I Need to Know this Stuff?
  • How Engineering Affects Design, Construction, and Maintenance
  • Understanding the Physical Forces Being Applied to the Trail
  • Water 101
  • Rolling Dips – the Good and the Bad
  • Climbing Turns vs. Switchbacks
  • Understanding Tread Watersheds

 2:00pm – 2:15pm     Break

 2:15pm – 3:30pm     Trail Layout and Design

  • Managing the Use
  • Providing for the Riders’ Needs
  • Insuring Resource Protection
  • Sixteen Guidelines for Good Trail Design

 3:30pm – 3:45pm     The Critical Role of Maintenance

  • Understanding the maintenance process and how it fits into the Continuum
  • Using the 4Es in Maintenance
  • The Importance of the TMO
  • Tips for Effective Maintenance

 3:45pm – 4:00pm    How Do I Know If I Have a Problem?

  • An Overview of Problem Indicators

4:00pm – 4:45pm     Small Group Exercise

  • Understanding the Process of Applying the Tools you Learned Today in Real-World Scenarios

4:45pm – 5:00pm     Wrap Up & Evaluation

  • Overview of Trail Issues and Challenges at the Workshop Site
  • Introduction to Field Sessions
  • Field Sessions Include:

Creative Trail Design and Layout Exercises

Trail Relocation Exercises

Trail Maintenance Techniques Exercises

Trail Construction Demonstration

Trail Maintenance Equipment Demonstrations

Day 2

8:00am – 9:00am     Field Session #1

  • Meet at Trailhead
  • Safety Briefing
  • What do I Need in the Field?
  • Ground Rules
  • Overview of Trailheads: What Should we Provide for our Customers?
  • OHV Safety Gear Requirements

9:00am – 9:15am     Break and Gear Up

9:15am – 12:00pm   Field Session #2

  • Observe and Discuss Trail Issues
  • Providing Solutions for Trail Issues
  • Equipment Demonstrations
  • Use Considerations
  • Signing Discussions
  • Reroute Considerations
  • Layout and Design Discussion

12:00pm – 1:00pm   Lunch: Provided for Registered Attendees

 1:00pm – 2:00pm    Field Session #3

  • Flag Tying Tips
  • How to Lay Out a Curve in the Field
  • Clinometer Tutorial
  • Break into Teams

 2:00pm – 5:00pm    Field Session #4: Group Exercise

  • Trail Layout and Design

 5:00pm         Break for Evening

Day 3

8:00am – 9:00am     Meet at Trailhead and Review

9:00am – 9:15am     Break and Gear Up, Travel to Field Exercise Location

9:15am – 12:00pm   Field Session #5: Group Exercise

  • Review of Small Team Layout and Design Exercise

12:00pm – 1:00pm   Lunch: Provided for Registered Attendees

1:00pm – 4:00 pm    Field Session #6: Visit Trail Issues and Successes

4:00pm – 4:30pm    Wrap-Up