2017 Sustainable Trails Conference

Bend, OR // Core Conference, March 14 - 16, 2017

Pre-Conference workshops, March 11-13 // Post-Conference Workshops, March 17-18

PTBA's 2017 Sustainable Trails Conference brought together 250 professional trailbuilders, land managers, trail volunteers, and trail advocates for 3 days of education, networking, and trail fun!  Trail industry exhibitors demonstrated and shared their products indoors and outdoors, and 113 participants joined PTBA workshops for in-depth and field-based learning.  Thanks to the Federal Highways Adminstration, Tri-State Trails, and Mt. Bachelor Bike Park for support through sponsorship!

The Core Conference Concurrent Sessions were organized into 6 tracks: Trailbuilding Basics, Contracting/Technical Trailbuilding, Mountain Bike Trails, Policy and Accessibility, Partnerships/Case Studies and Youth Corps.  

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Core Conference Presentations

Federal Transportation Funds for TrailsMegan P. Hall, Federal Highway Administration Washington Division

PTBA State of Trails - 2017 - A Visual Tour, Jon Underwood, Happy Trails Inc, PTBA President

Trailbuilding Basics

Stages of Design and Layout, Jon Underwood, Happy Trails Inc.

Introduction to Sustainable Trails Development and Management, Woody Keen, Trail Wisdom

Stone Work for Trails, Kent Howes, Treadwerks Trail Consulting

Intro to Trail Maintenance 101, Woody Keen, Trail Wisdom

Advanced Trail Maintenance-102, Woody Keen, Trail Wisdom

Full Circle Trail Planning and Project Management Online Tools, Tom Landers, LocaleIQ

Top 10 Trail Fails - How to avoid the pitfalls, Scott Gordon, ContourLogic

Your Sustainable Trails Aren’t, Chris Bernhardt, Sentieros Consulting

Contracting/Technical Trailbuilding

Fiberglass Trail Bridges, Dustin Troutman, E.T. Techtonics

Common Mistakes on Improved Surface Trails, Ryan Spates, S&S Trails

Trail Signage: Wayfinding, Warnings, and Trailheads, Jason Strouder, Progressive Trail Designs

Hybrid Contracting, Gerry Wilbour, Northwest Trails and Ryan Spates, S&S Trails

Trail Contracting, Mike Shields, Michael D. Shields Consulting

Design and Engineering of Trail Bridges and Structures, Gerry Wilbour, Northwest Trails, Jim La Hatt, P.E., La Hatt Engineering Corp

The Role of Mapping, GPS, and GIS in Trail Design and Construction, Noah Brautigam, Morton Trails

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) for Trails, Jon Underwood, Happy Trails

Mountain Bike Trails

Developing Long Distance TrailsGabriel Amadeus, Limberlost

Fat Biking Fun: Groomed Winter Fat Bike Trails Development and Management, Gary Meyer, COTA, Marv Lang, USFS, Woody Keen, Trail Wisdom, Scott Gordon, ContourLogic. 2 presentations: Winter Fat Biking in Colorado's Front Range and Central Oregon Trails Alliance Winter Fat Bike Trails

Designing the Ultimate Pumptrack, Jerome Pelland, Sentier Boreal

Predator: Washington’s First Non-Lift Serviced Downhill Mountain Bike Trail, Yvonne Kraus, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

Trail Hardening for Mountain Bike Trails. Eddie Kessler, Ptarmigan Ptrails

Managing Mountain Bike Trails in Subarctic Terrain, A Builders PerspectiveEddie Kessler, Ptarmigan Trails & George Hoden, Matsu Borough

Policy and Accessibility

Sustainable Trails For All, Peter Jensen, Peter S. Jensen and Associates

OHV Programs in Oregon, Ian Caldwell, Oregon State Parks

Management of E-Bikes on Public Trails, Jill Van Winkle, Portland Parks and Recreation, Chris Bernhardt, Sentieros Consulting

Risk Management, Woody Keen, Trail Wisdom

Partnerships/Case Studies

Trails for the Soul: Aesthetics, Artistry and Trail Design, Mark Gronewald, Treadwerx

Ridge to Rivers: A Model for Collaborative Management, David Gordon, Ridge to Rivers Program

The Stimulus of Trails to Grow Communities - Communities across the world are leverage trails to increase economic development and draw potential residents to move. Greg Mazu, Singletrack Trails

Ma ke ala o na kupuna, The Footsteps of Our Ancestors, Doris Rowland, State of Hawaii/Department of Land and Natural Resources/Division of Forestry and Wildlife/Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program. 

NO. No. no. Getting to yes or at least getting to a smaller no, Rocky Houston, Douglas County Parks

Urban Trails in Minneapolis Build Community, Tyler Pederson, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Epic Fail: Turning our Failures into Tomorrow's Success, Rocky Houston, Douglas County Parks

Youth Corps

Fire on the Mountain: Building Trails While the Mountain Burns, Dave Bastian, Utah Conservation Corps

Engaging the Next Generation: Partnerships with Conservation Corps, Jeff Parker,  Northwest Youth Corps and the Corps Network.

Creating community and connections to the land with Urban Trail Crews: Anchorage Alaska's Youth Employment in the Parks (YEP), Eddie Kessler, Ptarmigan Trails