Mtn. Bike Patrol
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Trail Patrol Activity Schedule
A New Role: MN Backcountry
Hunters and Anglers Habitat Watch Volunteer
Minnesota BHA Habitat Watch Volunteers
serve as MN BHA’s “eyes and ears.” They’re the association's
points of contact for issues impacting specific national
forests/state forests (see forests list/links below) and other
public lands in the state. Habitat Watch Volunteers’
duties/responsibilities include the following:
1.) Staying up-to-date on Minnesota national forest Schedules of
Proposed Actions (SOPAs) and communicating with MN BHA co-chairs
regarding actions that could potentially impact backcountry
hunting and angling on the adopted forest.
2) Submitting comments to the Forest Service regarding issues
that may impact habitat and hunting/angling on the forest
(travel management planning, roadless area protections, energy
development, timber sales, grazing, etc.).
3) Providing MN BHA chapter with a
quarterly summary of significant forest actions (as deemed
appropriate) and any comments/letters submitted or meetings
attended (as applicable).
5) Attending forest public meetings (when
time/circumstance permit) for issues deemed of importance to MN
BHA and the Backcountry Trail Patrol. These might include
open/public meetings on issues like travel management planning
or overall forest plans, or in-person meetings with District
6.) On-site monitoring of forest conditions
while on trail patrol or while recreating on the forest unit.
We are excited about this new partnership
with Minnesota Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Initially, we
will be working with the Superior National Forest in northern
Minnesota, and the state forest and park units contained
therein. When the program expands to Wisconsin, we will, of
course, add the Chequamegon National Forest to the program.
Patrollers Trained in Cable, WI
2016 NMBP Training
National Mountain Bike Patroller Training for the Backcountry
Trail Patrol this year was held May 21-22, 2016, at the
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival office, in Cable,
WI. Three new members trained in and became part of the patrol.
In the past, we
have attracted new members through our annual Wilderness First
Aid and bi-annual Wilderness First Responder (WFR) classes, held
each winter/spring. In attempt to “raise the bar” above NMBP’s
basic national standards, effective January 1, 2014 we require
all prospective members to complete a 24 hour Wilderness
First Aid (WFA) and CPR training course from us or another
provider who follows Wilderness Medical Society Scope of
Practice guidelines, We hold our 24-hour Wilderness Emergency
Medical Care (Essentially WFA plus several skill areas directly
related to our activities and climate.) course in March or April
each year, near Zimmerman. We no longer be offering WFR
training, but strongly encourage members to take that training,
either through other providers, or by taking Outdoor Emergency
Care training through the National Ski Patrol.
We hold our
training near our primary patrol venue, the CAMBA trails in NW
Wisconsin. After training, you would then need to join NMBP
through the IMBA website, and take and pass their on-line
certification exam to become an active patrol member. Then for
the first six months, you will patrol with an experienced
patroller on the trails as well as at events. We ask that all
members commit to doing at least 12 hours of trail patrol on
CAMBA and/or MORC trails per season, and work at least three
events over the course of a year.
For more information on training, e-mail
Backcountry@nospamtrailpatrol.org (Remove the "nospam" for
emailing us.) for more information.
us for more information.
Backcountry Trail Patrol and Emergicare Medical Training are
working together to train as many people as possible in "Hands
Free CPR Classes
held at Team Ortho Foundation in Minneapolis, MN before each
Next Wilderness First Aid Class:
October 27 and 28, 2016
Tentatively planned for the Winter Camping Symposium in
Sturgeon Lake, MN
their ongoing support!
Backcountry Trail Patrol is a member of
Backcountry Trail Patrol Association, Inc., is an equal
opportunity service provider, operating under a volunteer
services agreement and in partnership with the USDA Forest
Service Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Winning Website in the "Trails Training" category.
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June 23, 2016