This is a one-day, multiple track workshop designed for maintenance staff personnel. The tracks vary from year to year but they all attempt to educate and update the participants about various technical skills, legal changes and best management practices that affect their day to day operations.
Member - $60
Non-Member - $75
¨ Morning and afternoon sessions in your choice of 3 tracks
¨ $10 Cabela’s Gift Card - can be used for lunch
Audience: Parks and recreation field staff, public works maintenance personnel, natural resource technicians, school maintenance staff, park resource students and park professionals
Track 1 - Chain Saw Applications Training
Speaker: George Gress, Fire Specialist/Land Steward
George Gress is a Fire Specialist/Land Steward for the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He joined the staff in July 1993, prior to which he supported the chapter as a volunteer. George helps to maintain the Conservancy’s preserves across Pennsylvania and assists with fire training, planning and implementation and
manages the chapter’s bog turtle program.
Management of parks and natural areas often requires the use of power equipment to make the manager’s job easier and more efficient. Chainsaws are frequently the tool of choice for removing hazard trees, clearing trails and harvesting firewood. This session will address general safety issues, how to prepare and maintain equipment for less down time and how to deal with equipment that breaks in the field. The afternoon session will be held outside at another location so please dress accordingly and make plans to travel approximately 10 minutes from Cabela’s.
1) Understanding of general safety issues related to chain saw use
2) Knowledge of proper equipment maintenance
3) Knowledge of how to handle broken equipment in the field
Track 2 - Vehicle & Trailering Laws of PA - CDL Update
Speaker: Officer Jim Waits, Muhlenberg Township Police Department.
Officer Waits has been employed by Muhlenberg Township Police Department for 8 years and is currently the Township’s Certified Accident Reconstructionist and Federal Motor Carrier Officer.
This session will cover the Laws of Pennsylvania pertaining to Commercial Driving, what class of license is required for certain jobs, hauling equipment on trailers, how to properly secure loads, hauling hazardous materials and pesticides and exemptions to these laws. The afternoon session will include a hands-on inspection of a truck and trailer with a secured load. The afternoon session will be held outside so please dress accordingly.
1) Update on Commercial Driving License Laws
2) Review of Proper Trailering Techniques
3) Update on Transporting Pesticides
Track 3 – Natural Park Maintenance
Speaker: John Rogers is an environmental consultant, award- winning planner, researcher, teacher and author.
He was an adjunct professor in Regional Planning at The University of Pennsylvania, directed environmental research for the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association identifying innovative ways to develop incentives for environmental protection. John has helped Fortune 500 companies such as Temple Inland, Waste Management, Boise Cascade and several electric utilities find ways to be better environmental stewards while running more profitable businesses.
This session will introduce the concept of natural parks, why they are important and how to maintain them. Specific topics will include information about native plants, how natural parks can assist with storm water management and how to reduce maintenance costs with natural parks.
1) Understanding of the concept of natural parks.
2) Knowledge how natural parks impact storm water management
3) Resources and examples of existing projects
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