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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The Sustainable Trail Guide is coming along, additions being made to the herbicide and pesticide alternatives, as well as a list of invasive plants, and a resource of native plant alternatives. There are changes being made to the definitions listed, adding many and reducing some to make it less academic and more accessible to a broad spectrum of trail groups and users.

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In Connellsville we have finished donating all of the produce from the community gardens, and ended up with a total of 545lbs. given to the local food bank and soup kitchen. Both organizations were very receptive, mentioning how many of their customers were used to canned goods and really valued the fresh from the vine taste.

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The Kiavah crew spent our first hitch in the Owen’s Peak wilderness, a ruggedly beautiful expanse of land that borders the north eastern edge of the Kiavah Wilderness. Our main objective was to monitor and repair work done by previous SCA crews which included hard barriers, restoration sites, and fences.

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Even though it seems like it just began, the 2012 FWS Trails Inventory, or “FishTrACS” as it has become more commonly known, has come to a close. Members went their seperate ways in November, and Alex Olsen and Tyler Lobdell, the management staff, have moved on to other projsects.

But the good news is that this year was a great success.

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