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Professional Trailbuilders Association's Sustainable Trails Workshops

 

The Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA) is a major sponsor and partner of the 2015 International Trails Symposium. Read more about the PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshop Series.

Friday, May 15


Trail Bridge Construction

Instructor: Daryl Hoyt, Krista Thie, and Avery Hoyt of Twin Oaks Construction
Date: Friday - Saturday, May 15-16
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20) plus $45 transportation fee (optional)
Maximum of 12 participants

Learn the basics of dimensional lumber bridge construction in a two-day, hands-on workshop. This session will cover the survey, design, and construction of a bridge and its abutments as a part of the PTBA Legacy Trail at Stub Stewart State Park.
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Trail Dozer - Intermediate Skill Builder

Instructor: Tony Boone, Tony Boone Trails
Date: Friday - Saturday, May 15-16
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20)
Maximum of 8 participants.

This 2 day skill building workshop is focused bringing intermediate trail dozer operators (must demonstrate at least 20 hours of experience on a trail dozer) to a higher level, making sure the operators are well trained and skilled and have a light touch. Join us for this hot topic workshop and take your trail dozer skills to the next level, yielding a high level of finish and an "always been there" look.
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Turns for the Better

Instructor: Gabe Travis and Christine Byl, Interior Trails Inc.
Date: Friday - Saturday, May 15-16
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20)
Maximum of 20 participants

Learn how to design and lay out a perfect direction-reversing Sweep Turn or Switchback on various side slopes. Use ordinary tools to create a geometrically precise layout, minimize construction time, and connect the approaches at the proper grade.
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UTAP/HETAP Workshop

Instructor: Nathan Tolbert, Beneficial Designs, Inc.
Date: Friday-Saturday, May 15-16
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20)
Maximum of 19 participants

The two-day workshop combines classroom and practical, hands-on trail assessment experience to ensure that participants have the skills and confidence to conduct assessments that provide objective information about trail conditions (e.g. grade, cross slope, width).
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Saturday, May 16


Mini-Excavator Skill Builder for Narrow Trails Workshop

Instructor: Gerry Wilbour, Northwest Trails and Zachary Anderson, Casa Di Terra
Date: Saturday, May 16
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $175 early registration ($200 after March 20) plus $25 transportation fee (optional)
Maximum of 10 participants

This 1-day workshop is completely hands on in the field working on the 2015 Legacy Trail, and will focus on giving participants a good head start and introduction into the world of mechanized trail building with mini-excavators on narrow trail corridors.
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Trail Contracting – What Works, What Doesn’t

Instructor: Mike Shields, Michael D. Shields Consulting
Date: Saturday - Sunday, May 16-17
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $145 early registration ($175 after March 20)
Maximum of 40 participants.

This 2-day overview covers contract types, preparation, terms and conditions, specifications, drawings, administration and field inspection, and problems arising from poorly written contracts, poor field inspection, or failure to perform.
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Working with Stone

Instructor: Erin Amadon, Peter S. Jensen and Associates
Date: Saturday - Sunday, May 16-17
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20) plus $45 transportation fee (optional)
Maximum of 15 participants

Experience the process of finding and shaping stone, moving stone by hand and via cable rigging, and installation of stone cribbing. This 2-day workshop will focus on 3 parts which are all hands on.
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Sunday, May 17


Mechanized Construction Techniques for Sensitive Areas Workshop

Instructor: Zachary Anderson, Casa Di Terra
Date: Sunday, May 17
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $175 early registration ($200 after March 20) plus $25 transportation fee (optional)
Maximum of 20 participants

Discussion and descriptions of considerations and techniques for mechanized use in sensitive build locations.
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Trail Dozer Operator Certification

Sunday, May 17
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Outdoor work site at Stub Stewart State Park
Instructor: Tony Boone, Tony Boone Trails
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20) (Fee includes $100 Certification Application Fee and lunch).

This certification is intended for very experienced and skilled operators. Upon successful completion of the certification workshop, you will be awarded a certificate from the Professional Trailbuilders Association signifying that you met the skills outlined in the certification program.
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Wednesday, May 20


Modern Mountain Biking Facilities Development Workshop

Instructor: Scott Linnenburger, Kay-Linn Enterprises & Woody Keen, Trail Wisdom
Date: Wednesday to Thursday, May 20-21
Time: 2:30-6PM on Wednesday and 8 AM - 5 PM on Thursday
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20)
Maximum of 25 participants

What is a bike park, a flow trail, a pump track? Who do these facilities serve, what do they cost to develop, and how is risk and maintenance managed? Two of the country's leading mtb facility planner-designers, Scott Linnenburger and Woody Keen, will provide a comprehensive classroom and field-based exploration of these facilities.
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Sustainable Trails for All

Instructor: Peter Jensen, Peter S Jensen and Associates, Janet Zeller, US Forest Service
Date: Wednesday-Thursday, May 20-21
Time: Begins 2:30 pm on Wednesday, ends at 5:00 pm on Thursday
Cost: $225 early registration ($275 after March 20)
Maximum of 30 participants

This two-day, in-depth, field-oriented workshop will provide you with information on the Federal Trail Accessibility Guidelines, assessment for trail accessibility and planning and constructing trails which meet these new guidelines.
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Trail Construction – Cost Realities

Instructor: Margie Tatro & Mark Reineke, Reineke Construction
Date: Wednesday-Thursday, May 20-21
Time: Begins 2:30 pm on Wednesday, ends at 5:00 pm on Thursday
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20)
Maximum of 18 participants

This workshop will deliver a simple, cost estimating tool and provide a list of the key factors associated with trail construction costs. Participants will visit a number of sites, envision a new trail or inspect an existing trail, and use the internet and other resources to develop their own cost estimates.
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Thursday, May 21


Introduction to Trail Dozer Operation

Instructor: Tony Boone, Tony Boone Trails
Date: Thursday-Friday, May 21-22
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $280 early registration ($330 after March 20) plus $45 transportation fee (optional)
Maximum of 8 participants.

This 2-day primer on Trail Dozer operation is focused on introducing aspiring trail dozer operators and beginner trail dozer operators (less than 20 hours of experience) to the basics of machine understanding, maintenance issues, and basic operation technique on gentle terrain.
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For more information on the Professional Trailbuilders Association, visit www.trailbuilders.org

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