About the Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA)
The Professional Trailbuilders' Association represents the leading edge in sustainable trail development; we believe in trail design, construction, management and advocacy that enhance resource protection, recreational opportunities, economic development, active citizens, and connected communities worldwide.
The Professional Trailbuilders' Association brings great trails to life; we advance the trails industry through professional design, construction, advocacy and education.
Supporting quality trailbuilding since 1976
Founded in 1976 as the Western Trailbuilders Association and renamed in 2004, the Professional Trailbuilders Association (PTBA) is North America’s largest private sector group of trail specialists, professional trail contractors, designers, and consultants.
All of PTBA’s activities support quality trail design, construction, and maintenance for all types of trails in all types of locations. In its early years, PTBA served to define and nurture a new industry—private trail contracting for the federal government, primarily the USDA Forest Service. This was quite successful, and PTBA enjoys respect and a good reputation from federal agencies.
Now, with the ongoing loss of federal trail expertise through retirement and ever-increasing trail and greenway work in state, county, municipal, and special district governments, non-profits, and private landowners, PTBA’s services have grown to include the activities listed below.
Member information lists members by name, location, and expertise, including trail training. You can also view photos of sample projects.
PTBA's Primary Activities
- Promoting professional trail contracting and consulting as cost-effective ways to design, build, and maintain high-quality trails;
- Establishing the importance of sustainable trails realized through skillful trail design, construction, and maintenance;
- Helping trail contractors improve skills and abilities;
- Marketing the services of members to federal, state, and local governments, special districts, non-profit organizations, and private landowners;
- Providing networking opportunities between members and the wider world;
- Serving as the organized voice of private trail contractors with governments and other organizations; and
- Hosting the annual, national-level Sustainable Trails Conference to further the above goals.
Trail (b)Log: Latest News of the PTBA
SUSTAINABLE TRAILS CONFERENCE
PTBA’s annual Sustainable Trails Conference is the only national conference dedicated exclusively to trail design, construction, and maintenance. The Sustainable Trails Conference unites land managers, trail workers, and trail contractors nationwide for three days of informative sessions, amazing on-the-ground workshops, and a Trailbuilders Trade Show.
The 2017 Sustainable Trails Conference will be held in Bend, OR on March 12-18, 2017. Here are some details:
- General Conference Information
- Call for Presentations (due August 31, 2016)
- Become an Exhibitor
- Download the Exhibitor Brochure (coming soon)
- Conference Agenda (coming soon)
- Register for the Conference (available October 15)
Sustainable Trails Workshops AND LEGACY TRAILS
a partnership program linking PTBA workshop instructors, attendees and the local agency, establishing a sustainable trail that will serve generations to come.
The Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA) is proud to announce an exciting new partnership program – the “Legacy Trail” program. Through this program, the PTBA is seeking partner agencies and organizations that are interested in hosting a Sustainable Trails Workshop series, put on by the PTBA, that will result in a local segment of sustainably and professionally built trail being left behind as a legacy of the partnership.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
PTBA maintains ever-growing information resources in this website. Info on trail contracting, trail book reviews, sources for trail equipment and supplies, links to other agencies and information, and even a list of trail workers seeking jobs and trail jobs available.
PTBA Contractor Members
PTBA Contractor Members are the primary members of our trade association, and are limited to private-sector sole proprietorships, partnerships, or corporations generating income from trail design, trail construction, or other trail-related activities. To ensure that all members are professional-level trail contractors, new members must be sponsored by an existing member. Our membership is small because PTBA stands for quality over quantity—maintaining a high level of professionalism in our members helps continue PTBA’s excellent reputation.
WIDE RANGE OF SKILLS FOR ALL TYPES OF TRAILS
At over 90 members strong, located around the world, PTBA members have well over 800 years of collective experience in the specialized skills of trail design, construction, and maintenance. From most of the Pacific Crest Trail to urban bike paths, from remote wilderness trails to busy frontcountry OHV trails, from city parks to regional open space systems, and from golf courses to subdivisions, PTBA contractor members have built countless trails and trail facilities.
Find a PTBA Trail Contractor:
Click on the button below to find a PTBA member contractor by location, by their area of expertise, by name, or by any other search criteria. If you'd like a list of all of our current member companies, simply click the search button without selecting a criteria.
PTBA Vendor Members
PTBA Vendor Members represent companies that provide industry leading trail-specific equipment, products and services. They have shown quality and dedication to the trail building industry and to PTBA's (admittedly picky) contractor members.
PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS
PTBA is a founding partner of the National Trails Training Partnership and maintains close relations with American Trails. PTBA also serves on the Board of the Coalition for Recreation Trails and are partners with of the following organizations:
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