Trail Corps

SCA Trails Corps do the dirty work. Steeped in the rich tradition of wilderness trail workers, teams of SCA corps members construct, repair, maintain, and restore access corridors across the country. Trails teams also survey trail locations and conditions utilizing both GIS and manual data collection techniques.

The SCA Trails Corps teams work in small groups, led by an experienced trails leader. Work projects often are in wilderness areas and are constructed utilizing hand tools. Trails teams analyze, plan, and complete various trail projects including maintenance and clearing, construction of erosion prevention structures, and construction of steps, walkways, and bridges in timber or rock. Trails Inventory and Assessment Teams train in use of advanced GPS and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology including data gathering, quality control, and analysis. Members travel in pairs to remote sites to collect trail data.

Members receive weekly living allowances. Housing and field-based meals are provided, but positions may require camping in the field for a significant portion of the program.

Trainings Offered: 

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Crosscut Saw Operation
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
  • Trails Work Skills
  • Backcountry Cooking
  • Trails Assessment
  • Data Collection (if applicable)

Eligibility Requirements: 

Members must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position

 

Related Posts & Program Information

- As trail season comes to an end, so do trail counts. TTOC plans to continue manual trail counts until November, unless winter arrives earlier than expected.
- Overall, this year we have been able collect a lot of valuable information via both manual and synchronized trail counts.

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I love the crew I work with. We’re made up of a bunch of like-minded folks from all across the country who have a shared passion of the great outdoors. Luckily another thing we have in common is the ability to get trail weird. You may ask yourself, “What in tarnation is trail weird?” I’m sure other subcategories of labor-induced weirdness exist as well.

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The last week or so has been nothing short of exciting here in Kansas. The weather has been amazing (unseasonable highs of low 80s!), our team has been productive, and we are working slowly but surely on wrapping up this summer. In the past hitch, we have done some spectacular conservation work. The first conservation day we spent at Perry Lake finishing up a trail at the disc golf course.

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Success Stories
Mark Twain National Forest Trail Work Completed by Student Conservation Association
By: By Ashlee Ransom on Jun 6, 2011

Original article can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/ssrs/story?id=5860

Recovery Act funded Student Conservation Association to complete Trail Assessment and Condition Surveys on Mark Twain National Forest.

Mark Twain National Forest received Amer

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Sustainable Supplier Guide
One of my main projects for the Great Allegheny Passage Sustainable Business Network has been compiling a Sustainable Supplier Guide. The Guide contains a glossary of some common green labeling terms, and listings of sustainable brands, sustainability-focused stores, and local farms.

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