For some time now we’ve been discussing options for chain saw training for our members as well as other volunteer organizations like CIMBA and The Back Country Horsemen group. We need Forest Service sanctioned chain saw training so that we can participate in the Forest Service volunteer program and work on projects that benefit all of us. As an official volunteer organization we’ll not only be able to take advantage of their insurance program but we’ll be able to offer our services with regard to trail projects that wouldn’t get done otherwise. We’ve all seen what dwindling budgets have done to trail maintenance and we know that the future of trail maintenance is in the hands of volunteer organizations such as ours. Some National Forests are requiring anyone carrying a chain saw to be certified. Fortunately, the Payette isn’t one of them but as they say “The Day Ain’t Over Yet”.
Please consider attending this training and helping CITRA become legitimized trail maintenance partners. A lot of you have promised me you’ll participate in this so it’s time to step up to the plate. The training will take place on April 20, 21, and possibly roll into part of the 22nd depending on overall skill level of the group. The location will be announced at a later date. We will ask that you bring a saw. If you don’t have one let me know and we’ll find you one.
I’ll keep you updated as we finalize details but for now I need a head count in the next few days. Please respond via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, Steve Lacey