Friday, January 22, 2010

Trail Volunteer Program Returns to the Wayne National Forest - Sign-Up Now!

It's almost time to hit the trails and like our cluttered cupboards it's time to do some spring cleaning! The Wayne National Forest will begin a series of training sessions as early as February for volunteers interested in their Forest Trail Patrol program.

This is a great opportunity for anyone to partner with the Forest Service and to take an active role in repairing trails and providing better hikes in the Ohio outdoors.

The first session of this year starts Saturday, February 6th and will focus on first aid and CPR training. Subsequent trainings will include being a good host, radio communication, GPS/map reading, basic fire safety, plant identification, and ATV safety.

To be eligible to serve as a Trail Patrol Volunteer, you must be at least 18 years of age, possess a current valid state driver's license, successfully complete all required training, own a good working all-terrain vehicle or off-highway motorcycle, have no outstanding warrants, DUI, drug, or other felony convictions, have demonstrated good work ethics and possess the ability to contact visitors in a courteous and positive manner.

Once volunteers have completed the series of required training, they'll be ready to begin patrolling as soon as this June 2010.

The Forest is enrolling volunteers for the training sessions now through Friday, January 29th. For more information about the program and to obtain a registration form, check out the the official USFS website here!

You may also contact Marsha Wikle on the Ironton Ranger District at (740) 534-6500 or by email at

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