UNH Cooperative Extension, the Town of Bow Conservation Commission and Bow Open Spaces will host a volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, where members of the public are invited to come learn how to build high-quality bridges for community trails. This training is perfect for conservation commissioners, local service clubs, land trust volunteers, private landowners, trail users or anyone wanting to build simple bridges for non-motorized users.
The workshop will begin with a brief presentation at the Baker Free Library before moving outside to the Town of Bow’s Walker Forest to construct a small foot bridge as a demonstration. “This is a fun opportunity to get outdoors and learn new skills for keeping hikers high and dry on the trail,” said UNH Cooperative Extension Stewardship Outreach Coordinator Emily Lord.
Lord, who has worked on trails across the country with the Student Conservation Association, will lead the workshop with Lewis Shelley of Snowhawk, LLC. Shelley has over twenty-five years of experience in trail design, construction, and training.
Participants can expect to learn bridge basics such as terminology for different structures like puncheon, stringer bridges, and bog bridges. Building and maintaining bridges can be expensive, so you’ll also learn how to answer the question: Is a bridge the best solution to my problem? Everyone will get hands-on experience with specialty tools and learn about options for borrowing tools for your volunteer efforts. The workshop also covers safety and how to determine if your trails project requires professional help.
Thanks to a generous donor, this workshop, valued at $65, is offered to New Hampshire volunteers at a special rate of $25. A bag lunch is included.
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