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Gateway Green Trail School Recap

Written by Paul Hobson, Vice President ([email protected]) On Sunday, March 27, instructors from NWTA Trail Sustainability Institute and eight new trail stewards gather at Gateway Green for the final Trail School session of the year. During class, students learned the ins and outs of trail anatomy, how water is managed on trails in the Pacific … Read More

BICP Fundamental Skills Instructor Certification – Event Recap

Written by Allie Hurtgen Just in time for riding season, NWTA now has three new BICP Certified Fundamental Skills Instructors! The three-day course took place on March 25 – 27 at Gateway Green and was led by coach and instructor, Elaine Bothe. We were joined by an instructor in training, Molly with the Cycle Effect … Read More

Crew Leader Training Recap – Feb ’22

Written by Nancy Stone, Education & Sustainability Director ([email protected]) NWTA’s Trail Sustainability Institute is proud to share that 8 new Crew Leaders have completed Crew Leader Training.  Why is this important? As NWTA’s membership continues to grow (6,000+!) and more and more people become excited and interested in trail stewardship and giving back to the trails … Read More

Easly Climb Trail School Recap (02/06)

Written by Nancy Stone, Education & Sustainability Director ([email protected]) After a cold foggy morning, we were treated to a brilliantly clear day in the gorge as we launched yet another session of our NWTA TSI instruction at the Easy Climb trails in Cascade Locks. With a smaller than usual class size of six but our full … Read More

Rocky Point Trail School Recap

Written by Bob Carey, TSI Instructor On a beautiful sunny day at Rocky Point with a clear view of the fertile farm fields below at Sauvie Island, we kicked off our 2nd NWTA TSI event of 2022. We started the day with introductions, a land acknowledgment, and a safety talk with ten participants and four … Read More

Trail Sister’s Trail School Recap from 01/22

Written by Nancy Stone, Education & Sustainability Director ([email protected])  NWTA’s first Trail School for Trail Sisters took place this Saturday at Klootchy Creek. Not only were we greeted with the bright, sunny faces of 10 Trail Sisters but the actual sun itself. A rare January treat, indeed!  In a sport where women/trans/femme find themselves as a … Read More

TSI Hits the Road

Written by Nancy Stone, Education & Sustainability Director ([email protected]) The Trail Sustainability Institute (TSI) is NWTA’s educational branch of the organization that was established in the Summer of 2019. Within TSI is our beloved Trail School. Here, we offer folks who may be new(er) to trail maintenance an opportunity to get their hands dirty while learning … Read More

Crew Leader Training Recap

Written by Nancy Stone, Education & Sustainability Director ([email protected]org) Crew Leaders, by nature, are typically a hearty bunch of folks. This was put to the test when both new and established Crew Leaders gathered at Sandy Ridge on Saturday (12/11) for Crew Leader training. As temperatures hovered around 40° and the rain poured down, these leaders … Read More

NWTA Instructor Interview – Nell Stamper

Name: Nell StamperPreferred Pronouns: She/her/hers How long have you been a part of NWTA? I have been volunteering with NWTA since 2017, doing trail work and helping at events. I joined the NWTA Board of Directors in 2020, as a liaison with the North Coast chapter. What made you interested in becoming an instructor? I … Read More

TSI Trail School at Sandy Ridge Recap

Written by Nancy Stone ([email protected]) After soaking up all of this information, the trail stewards took this new knowledge and put it to work on Lower Hide and Seek. Considering how much rain we receive in the PNW, everyone paid special attention to drainage and slope to ensure that water flows off the trail quickly with … Read More