Are you the person who notices trail improvement needs while riding? Like riding more remote backcountry trails? Would you like to be able to make those trail fixes as you’re out riding on your own schedule? Well…sounds like OMBA’s Trail Agent program could be for you!
What Do Trail Agents Do
Trained & qualified Trail Agents are able to conduct basic trail maintenance on approved US Forest Service trails while out riding mountain bikes at their own schedule & convenience. Trail Agents carry a set of packable trail tools (provided by OMBA upon completion of all training requirements) when out for rides. As trail issues are encountered that are within our scope of work, they stop and work on them. This include addressing major safety issues, clearing trail corridors, fixing or improving drainage & erosion issues, and sometimes building small reroutes to bypass problem areas. We publish many before & after photos from Trail Agent work so the community can see the improvements being made. There are over 110 miles of singletrack trails open to mountain bikes that are included in our work area, with many of these seeing very little MTB use. Our hope is that by improving the overall quality of the trail and publicizing the work, more riders will venture out to these areas and help reduce congestion on our more popular trail networks.
How to Get Involved
Trail Agents must complete a training curriculum before being able to conduct work on their own. Training can be completed on your own, but all steps must be completed. These steps include:
- Current OMBA membership – https://www.imba.com/join/chapter/ombc
- Complete the Trail Agent Trainee Survey – we request your responses to help us tailor and expedite your training needs
- Read the OSI Guide to Independent Stewardship for Trails – (approximately 60-90 minutes.)
- View the IMBA Trail Care 101 training video – (approximately 75 minutes)
- First Aid/CPR training (approximately 8 hours) – we strongly recommend Wilderness First Aid as well
- Trail Agent Training – (approximately 2 hours)
- Complete 2 Trail Agent field check rides – (approximately 4-6 hours)
- Sign volunteer waiver
- Attend Volunteer Good Host Training class (approximately 3 hours) – preferred but not required
Training costs & all tools are covered by OMBA.
Please contact email@example.com for more information or to begin the training process.
This program could not happen at our current level without the help of the following sponsors:
- CPW State Trails Program – $44,425 Non-Motorized Trail Grant for 2020-21
- National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance – $9,889.00 NWSA National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding for 2020
- SCHEELS – Johnstown
- New Belgium Brewing
Additional sponsors are still needed to continue this program long-term. Please contact us for more information.