Training for people new to trail work will be held from May 29 through June 1 through the Wilderness Skills Institute, aimed at teaching trail volunteers the skills necessary to do trail maintenance in designated wilderness areas.
This training will give participants an understanding of basics in the field, and more skilled trail workers will also be able to tackle technical construction problems with experienced trail crew leaders. It is a joint effort by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.
The training will be held at the Cradle of Forestry off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Transylvania County. Registration is $50 per person and is free to members of the conservancy and the wilderness society. The fee includes camping near the Cradle of Forestry.