Trails and Arboriculture
Chainsaw Operator Training
Based on the competency standards set by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and developed by Workplace Safety North, the 3 day training will introduce training participants to the knowledge and basic skills to safely handle a chainsaw, to demonstrate safe practices and to fell trees properly. The first eight hours are spent in class learning chainsaw use, maintenance and sharpening, and safe chainsaw handling techniques. The remaining two days are spent in the field bush practicing these techniques with an emphasis on safety methods.
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Basic Tree Climbing
Through in class and practical field labs, students will develop skills in safe tree climbing techniques. Students will learn the use, care, and maintenance of equipment. They will become safe and confident in pre-climb inspection, anchor selection, aerial rescue, and manoeuvring about in tree crowns. The use of fall protection is mandatory at all times.
Tree Risk Assessment
This one day workshop, facilitated by the college Urban Forestry faculty, includes training on identifying and differentiating tree health and tree structure, assessing trees, identifying factors that affect trees, and discussing worker liability. A portion of the course will be spent outdoor examining trees and identifying critical features.
This course will examine what is needed to write a realistic and sustainable trail plan. It will match the user's expectations to the proposed plan in order to have a specific type of trail experience. Items such as landownership, legislation, and site evaluation will be studied in the preparation of a comprehensive plan that can be used to support project proposals for partnerships and funding. There will be some field work involved in order to use planning tools such as a GPS, aerial photography and maps.
Trail Maintenance and Signage
This course will provide general maintenance guidelines for monitoring and maintaining natural surface trails and to protect adjacent resources and to preserve trail investment. Signs are critical communication tools for user safety, user access, and convenience. They guide visitors to the trail and sites along the trail, identify sites and facilities, provide warnings about hazards, convey management policies, and give educational information. Training participants will gain an understanding of comprehensive sign planning to bring order to the content, scale, appearance, and placement of these various kinds of messages.