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Old 11-18-2009, 11:11 AM
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The DNR just gave a training class and now has an Ahtanum State Forest Watch group. These are volunteers that want to keep the area open to the public. There are now patrols by dirt bikes, ATVs, rigs, snowmobiles, horses and even hikers. Please help these volunteers by following and teaching area rules along with Tread Lightly.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:55 PM
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Hey Ceg can you give us a bit more info on the training and what is expected from the volunteers etc.. And just exactly is required and expected from them.

This idea has come up a few times up here.
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Hey Ceg can you give us a bit more info on the training and what is expected from the volunteers etc.. And just exactly is required and expected from them.

This idea has come up a few times up here.
I took the same training several years ago thru the Sedro Woolry DNR office. It was an all day class. Other class's were avaiable such as Dealing with difficult offenders, chain saw cert, and such. Check with Your local DNR office.
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Since there is no NOVA funds for enforcement patrols the DNR trained the volunteers how to educate users (Initial contact/Observation skills/communication) and also report the problem people. Kind of the same thing as ORV Trail Watch is for but with DNR training and scheduled patrols.

We also got safety training for power tools, first Aid, how to maintain different type trails, Cultural resources, Trail etiquette and back road driving.

This was a 6 hour class we did over two nights.
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Here you go. This class on Saturday has most of the same info we got:
http://washingtondnr.wordpress.com/2...this-saturday/
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Free volunteer training this Saturday
By Ear to the Ground
DNR is offering free training for anyone interested in volunteering at DNR’s recreation areas. The training begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 21 at Webster Forest Nursery, 9805 Blomberg St. SE., in Tumwater. Topics covered include: first aid, safe lifting, personal safety, back roads driving, securing loads, maintenance standards, cultural resources, outdoor recreation ethics, information on the updated recreation rules, and tool use, safety and maintenance. Trainings generally run until 3 or 4 p.m. Volunteers on DNR-managed land provide a variety of services, including maintenance and/or monitoring of trail, site and facilities; clearing brush; painting; installing drainage features; repairing trails; and more.

Call Christine Redmond, DNR’s volunteer program coordinator, at 360-902-1632 or christine.redmond@dnr.wa.gov. Or just show up!

Tags: DNR, Recreation

This entry was posted on November 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm and is filed under Recreation.
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