2017 Florida Off-Highway Vehicle Great Trails Training Workshop

The National-Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), in conjunction with the US Forest Service and the Florida Forest Service, will conduct an OHV Trails Training Workshop on March 28-30, 2017. The 3-day workshop will consist of a classroom session on March 28th at the Tallahassee Community College and field sessions on March 29th and 30th at the Apalachicola National Forest. Funding for this workshop is provided by the T. Mark Schmidt Off-Highway Vehicle Safety and Recreation Safety, Training and Education Grant Program through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service.

When: March 28, 2017
Tallahassee Community College
Workforce Development Building #38
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312
         When: March 29-30, 2017
Apalachicola National Forest
Wakulla Ranger District
Silver Lake OHV Trailhead
Springhill OHV Trailhead


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Register!         Agenda


Register for the workshop now using TicketLeap.  There is no registration fee but advance online registration is required. The number of participants is limited, so register early. If you have problems registering, please contact our office at trailhead@nohvcc.org or call us at 800-348-6487.


Attendees must provide their own transportation from lodging locations to the Tuesday classroom session and to the Wednesday and Thursday field sessions at the Apalachicola NF. Field sessions will include riding to and walking to multiple trail sites so bring your best hiking shoes, rain gear, water, insect repellant, and other necessary gear. Bring your ATV, side-by-side or motorcycle for the field sessions. If you do not have one we will be able to transport you from site to site with full-size 4WD vehicles.


Workshop Details

You may 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: Tallahassee Community College

  • How trail systems function and provide desired recreation experiences
  • Trail Management Objectives – how they apply to trail maintenance
  • Creative trail design and innovative engineering practices
  • Trail maintenance techniques specific to various trail uses and conditions
  • Trail reroutes
  • Maximizing partnerships to leverage limited resources
  • Trail construction/maintenance equipment overview – capabilities and limitations


Field sessions: Apalachicola National Forest

  • Trail maintenance techniques exercises
  • Trail construction demonstrations
  • Creative trail design and layout exercises
  • Trail relocation exercises
  • Trail design considerations for different types of OHV


Lodging Information


A block of rooms for workshop participants at a special discounted rate has been reserved at the Candlewood Suites, 2815 Lakeshore Drive West (I-10 Exit 199), Tallahassee, FL 32312. These rooms may be reserved by calling (850) 597-7000 and asking for the NOHVCC OHV Workshop block of rooms. All room reservations must be made by March 17th. Please be aware that the workshop dates coincide with the middle of the 2017 Florida Legislative session, and room availability in the Tallahassee area is very limited. Make your room reservations now.