You can start a service project by filling out the Service Project Request form. This form goes to the US Forest Service (USFS) for review and approval. The approved project will then be emailed back to you, User Group Directors, and USFS key personnel and Law Enforcement. If you need to cancel your workday, email a reply to all so everyone is aware that your team will not be working in the woods on that date.
The second part of setting up a service project is selecting the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA). The USFS requires a JHA on every service project. This is a basic form that makes sure volunteers are aware of the hazards during the service project. You will need to print and bring this form to the service project to be reviewed and signed by all participants.
There are different JHAs according to the nature of the work and equipment used during the service project.
Trail Maintenance JHA - the most common, used for general trail work (lopping, hand tools / brushing, power tools and mowing with push mower, zero turn mower, and walking brush cutter).
Chainsaw JHA - if you use a chainsaw. Requires sawyer certification.
Heavy Equipment JHA - if you use dozers, excavators, etc. Requires equipment certification and USFS Driver's License.
General Driving JHA - if you use any Forest Service automobile. Requires USFS Driver's License.
Trailer and Towing JHA - if you use any Forest Service truck and trailer. Requires USFS Driver's License.
If you have questions about which JHA to choose, please contact email@example.com.
The USFS Volunteer Certification page has more information about getting certified and the USFS Driver's License.