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TAMBA will be hosting a U.S. Forest Service-approved 2 day crew leader training course on Sunday, May 7 and Saturday, May 13 in the Tahoe area. The Forest Service has stringent training requirements for volunteer crew leaders, and this training may also be accepted by other land manager agencies. The training will be taught by Kevin Joell, TAMBA’s Trails Director, and Jacob Quinn, Trails Engineer for the Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Each has 20-plus years of trail building experience.


Topics will include volunteer management and supervision techniques, safety briefings and job hazard analysis, and emergency procedures and communications. The course has a focus on modern sustainable trail building techniques to produce work that will last and design techniques to reduce conflicts and resource damage. This is not a basic trail building course, it is expected that attendees will have participated in multiple sanctioned trail days previously. First Aid and CPR certification is also required of crew leaders. It is not included in this course but will be offered separately. That must be re-certified every two years.

Sunday, May 7: 8:30am -5:00pm at the LTBMU Forest Supervisors Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Saturday, May 13: 8:30am-4pm, will be in the field, location TBD. Weather conditions may require field location to be moved to Reno or Galena area.

Attendance to both days is mandatory for course completion.

It is free to register, but donations are requested for non-TAMBA volunteers to cover student materials.

CLICK HERE to register. More info email Kevin at