Trail Master Certification class coming to Memphis.

Trail Master Certification class coming to Memphis.

Postby Brad C » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:38 pm

TDEC has received an RTP grant to conduct several Trail Master certification classes across the state. This is a four day class that covers building for all trail use disciplines. Each of the four days will consist of a classroom session, a field practical application session, and a test on that day’s subject. Successful completion of a four classes results in a Trail Master Certification.

The class will be taught by Mike Riter. Mike owns Trail Design Specialists and was with IMBA some years ago. Mike created the IMBA Trail Care Crew program.

Description of the Trail Master Certification Class:
Trail Design Specialists’ Trail Master Certification Class will cover the latest advances in trail design, construction and maintenance with a focus on long term sustainability and ease of maintenance. Participants will be provided with a detailed booklet specific to each segment of the course. Topics will include how to properly design and lay out a trail, how to avoid erosion and other environmental issues, how to handle user conflicts, proper construction techniques, how to rehabilitate existing trails, and a host of other topics. The course will include both classroom learning and hands-on practical trail experience.

News of this opportunity came through the Equestrian Alliance. This only is because Joanne, the Equestrian Representative for Tennessee Commissioner of Tennessee Greenways and Trails, is a long time friend of Rick Richardson. So he was her logical contact. This is NOT an equestrian trail course, although that will be one of the many trail use disciplines taught in the classes. The Equestrian Alliance is underwriting the class by paying for the classroom space and lodging for the 3 instructors for 4 nights.

The cost for this course is normally $450 per student plus expenses. Through the RTP grant the price is $150 for members of a 501c3 organization. Unfortunately, MSTA is not an official 501c3 at this time, but we are working on it. Hightailers membership, Shelby Farms Park membership, or any other 501(c)3 qualifies for the discount

The trail class is scheduled for September 25 - 28, 2014, (Thursday through Sunday) so there is plenty of time to plan for this. The class is limited to 16 people. The EQ Alliance is taking 4 or 5 positions. Shelby Farms Park is taking 4 positions. That leaves 7 or 8 positions available. Let me know if you are interested so we can start a list.

Some of the details are not in place yet, like how to officially register and where to send the check. As that gets settled I will update.
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