TSI Trail School

Tillamook State Forest Trail School Recap

Written by Nancy Stone, Education & Sustainability Director ([email protected]) What makes a trail sustainable? Why do sustainable trails matter? These are questions we ask at every Trail School, and they usually lead to some pretty good discussions! Here are a few examples of answers that participants provide.  A sustainable trail means that water doesn’t get stuck … Read More

Recap of Crew Leader Training at Stub Stewart

Written by Nancy Stone, Education & Sustainability Director ([email protected]) The Trail Sustainability Institute (TSI), NWTA’s educational program,  hosted its second and final Crew Leader Training of 2023 at Stub Stewart on November 20th. TSI recognizes the incredible value that Crew Leaders bring to our trails. When leading crews of volunteers, these folks make it possible for … Read More

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

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]) 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

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