2018 Minnesota Off-Highway Vehicle Great Trails Workshop


The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) in conjunction with the ATV Association of Minnesota (ATVAM), and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will be conducting an OHV Great Trails training workshop on April 26-28, 2018. Primary funding for the workshop is provided by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration's, Recreational Trails Program, administered by MN DNR, and awarded to ATVAM. The 3-day workshop will consist of classroom sessions on April 26 at Izatys Resort, 40005 85th Avenue, Onamia, MN, and field sessions on April 27-28 at the Red Top Trailhead.


When: April 26-28, 2018

Where: Izatys Resort

             40005 85th Ave

             Onamia, MN 56359


Cost: $62.50: Included processing fees cover cost of lunches and refreshments during the workshop.             




Advanced registration is required. The number of participants is limited, so please register early. If you have problems registering, please contact our office at trailhead@nohvcc.org or call us at 800-348-6487.


Bring your OHV and riding gear. Rental ATVs are available at Izatys. Field sessions will involve walking to various sites on the trail system so bring your best hiking shoes and clothing, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellant, water, and other necessary gear. Advance online registration is required. Attendees are responsible for making lodging reservations. A block of rooms has been saved at Izatys under Great OHV Trails Workshop. Lodging reservations must be made by April 13th to obtain special room rates.



Workshop Details


Click here to download a copy of the workshop agenda.


The workshop will focus on OHV trail maintenance, rehabilitation, improvement and relocation. Hands-on field training will be emphasized. The intended audience is trail managers; trail construction and maintenance supervisors and crews, engineering staff involved in trail planning, design, maintenance and construction; trail contractors, and trail volunteers.


Classroom sessions: Izatys Resort

  • How trail systems function and provide desired experiences
  • Trail Management Objectives – how they apply to trail maintenance and GIA planning, how to create a TMO document.
  • Creative trail design and innovative engineering practices
  • Trail maintenance techniques specific to various trail uses and conditions
  • Trail reroutes to achieve a sustainable trail
  • Wetlands and Trails: an expert panel to help you with your local wetlands questions
  • Real world trail scenarios
  • Trail construction/maintenance equipment overview – capabilities and limitations



Field sessions: Red Top Trailhead

  • Trail maintenance equipment demonstrations
  • Trail maintenance techniques exercises
  • Trail construction demonstrations
  • Creative trail design, layout and relocation exercises
  • Wetland area protection and mitigation
  • Trail design considerations for different types of OHVs


Lodging Information


All workshop participants are responsible for securing their own accommodations. A block of rooms has been reserved at Izatys Resort. Please call (320) 532-4574 by April 13th to make your reservation. Please state that you are with the Great OHV Trails Workshop.