If you are looking for documents and resources for VDEM’s tracking standards, please visit our Publications  section.

Track and Sign Resources


Rob Speiden’s Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking
Mike Hull’s Man Tracking in Law Enforcement
Mark Elbroch’s Field Guide to North American Mammal Tracks and Sign
Adams and Crabtree Comparative Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Guide of Common North American Animals

Websites and Classes

Rob Speiden – Natural Awareness Tracking School:

Kim Cabrera’s animal tracking website

George Leoniak’s Mindful Tracker website and classes:

Nate Harvey’s Tracker Trails website and classes:

Tracking Classes

Our very own Rob Speiden teaches classes for individuals, private groups and organizations in tracking (human and/or animal), land navigation and search and rescue topics.

Search and Rescue Resources


To find out more about the search and rescue program in Virginia, please visit the Virginia Search and Rescue Council website or the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.

Our members often belong to other SAR groups in addition to SARTI. If you are interested in learning more about these groups, check out the links below.
Black Diamond Search and Rescue Council (BDSAR)
Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group (BRMRG)
Piedmont Search and Rescue (PSAR)
Southwest Virginia Mountain Rescue Group (SWVaMRG)
Tidewater Search and Rescue (TSAR)
Angel Search and Rescue (ASAR)
Maryland Search and Rescue (MSAR)
Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group (SMRG)
Rockingham Augusta Search and Rescue (RASAR)