Specialized trail construction / maintenance training from partner organizations allows FRIENDS to develop and train volunteers.
Supplementing our Adopt-a-Trail program, our Chapters are involved in many training programs that allows them to bring additional resources to bear on trail maintenance. This includes National Park Service (NPS) chain saw certification and trail construction / maintenance learning programs. Partnering with organizations like the Carolina Mountain Club and FRIENDS of the Mountains to Sea Trail allows FRIENDS to leverage their knowledge to develop and train volunteers to maintain over 350 linear miles of trails.
FRIENDS provides both funding to cover the cost of training and volunteers to be trained. Our goal for is to train two trail crews comprised of 10-15 volunteers each.
These trail crews, in turn, will be responsible for training other FRIENDS Chapter trail crews and Adopt-a-Trail groups.