PTBA Seeks Location for 2019 Sustainable Trails Conference

Planning for 2019 is underway!  Please contact Aaryn ( with potential conference venues.  Details below and RFP attached.

PTBA holds an annual conference that provides cutting edge trail education, professional networking, and hands-on trailbuilding demonstration. Some past locations include Bend, OR, Ashville, NC, Knoxville, TN, Roanoke, WV, Portland, OR, Albuquerque, NM, and Reno, NV.  The annual conference brings together our membership (90+) with other trail professionals, land managers, trail advocates, and non-profit organizations. 

Conference Format: Sessions will be a combination of keynote speakers, 40+ indoor concurrent sessions (4 per time block), field trips to trails construction workshops, and an outdoor demonstration area (2+ acres) of mechanized trailbuilding equipment. The core conference is 2.5 days long, with 2 days of pre- and post-conference workshops one both sides surrounding the core conference (8-9 days total).  The Association also holds its annual member meetings at the beginning of the conference (2 days). 

Attendees: 200-300

When we review sites for future conferences, based on past experiences, we are looking at three (3) very key elements, which include:

  1. 2+ acre outdoor demo site to demonstrate small scale (24-60” wide) construction equipment including excavators, mini-dozers, and other earth moving equipment.  This space must be dirt/natural surface that the equipment may dig and move dirt around to a depth of 2-3 feet.  All surfaces will be returned to their original condition after the conference.  This location must be within easy walking distance from the conference rooms (absolutely no shuttles).
  2. Within 30 minutes (ideally) and 60 minutes (maximum) of a major airport.  
  3. Diverse trail opportunities within 30 minutes of conference facilities.  Short shuttles to the trails are possible, but walking distance is preferred.

Download the full RFP.