IIC Trails Elite Stewardship Program - Cedar City, UT

by Southern Utah University
Activity Type: Camping, Climbing, Hiking, Stewardship, Other
Region: Intermountain

The purpose of the IIC Trails Elite Stewardship Program is to train the next generation of trails professionals.

$5,000 Raised out of $5,000
3 Funders
76 Days Remaining

Please describe your project in more detail.

For our Trails Elite Program, we want to offer a six week youth conservation corp experience offering a high level of training to inspire the youth to become future trail conservation professionals.  We have six key elements for our program:
I.  Recruit youth with previous trail/youth corp experience  
II. Train the crew to a higher stewardship level to be able to 
    1.  Manage trail projects 
    2.  Design trails 
    3.  Construct trails 
    4.  Maintain trails 
III.  In 6 weeks crews will learn by completing trail projects for the Dixie National Forest.
IV.  To build quality trails, we want our Trails Elite Crew to experience trails.  The crew will spend at least one half day/week hiking, mountain biking, bouldering, and backpacking in the Pine Valley Wilderness.  
V.  Mentoring by an experienced crew leader and Dixie National Forest trail professionals.
VI.  We will council on future ed & professional opportunities leading youth crews while graduates are in college.

From these elements, we expect the following outcomes for participants
1.  Project Management Skills
2.  Conservation Skills: trail design, trail construction, tread and drainage maintenance, platform turns, rock work, timber work.
3.  Leadership skills: judgment and decisions making, communication, risk management, and backcountry project logistics and planning.
4.  Outdoor recreation skills: an introduction to hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and bouldering
5.  Complete vital trail work for the Dixie National Forest designing, building, and maintaining trails
6.  Leave No Trace Trainer status

The activities we will be offering will protect the environment by offering quality trails that people will want to stay on to recreate.  This will concentrate use allowing natural processes to prevail.  In addition, we will teach conservation skills as an important part of environmental stewardship.  We will base our success on end of season evaluations and returning leaders.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

250

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

NA

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