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This 30 minute Instructional video explains the proper method to install Trail marker signs in the Wilderness, using the proper hand tools. Instructor Dylan McCoy, The Lead Wilderness Ranger on the McKenzie River Ranger District provides a tutorial on replacing and installing Wilderness Trail Signs within the McKenzie River Wilderness. A special thanks to Emily Elias, President of the Emerald Empire BCH and the Emerald Empire Chapter for creating this video as part of the American Wilderness, 50 Year Celebration.

McKenzie River Ranger District Wilderness Sign Installation Tutorial for Willamete National Forest


Instructor: Dylan McCoy,
Lead Wilderness Ranger on the McKenzie River Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service.

Check List:

Tools & Materials:

  • Junction Sign
  • Lag Bolts 9 1/16 Square Head
  • 4 16d or 20d Nails (Makes post
    harder to pull out of ground)
  • Hand Saw
  • Ax
  • Shovel
  • Crescent Wrench

Optional Tools:

  • GPS Unit
  • Digital Camera

Useful Tools:

  • Socket Wrench with Socket
  • Manual powered Socket Driver
  • Hand Drill with Drill Bit
  • Post Hole Digger
  • Tamping Bar
  • Hammer
  • Measuring Tape
  • Draw Knife
Materials to Collect from site:

  • Sign Post (From small downed tree)
  • Rock (Medium Size)
  • Rocks and Gravel to fill Sign Post Hole