Sharing and Learning at Professional Trail Builders Conference

Several of our staff members attended the 2014 Sustainable Trails Conference held by the Professional Trail Builders Association (PTBA) in Roanoke, West Virginia in early April.

Ama & Jeff at Professional Trail Builders Association Conference

Ama & Jeff at Professional Trail Builders Association Conference

This annual conference brings together professional trail builders, trail nonprofits and agency partners from across the country and around the world. Those attending this year included representatives from Brazil, South Africa, and Canada in addition to the United States.

The conference is a mix of classroom and field workshops that address many different trail topics, from how to split a stone to how to incorporate helicopter transport into remote trail construction (something we wish we had in the Catskill Mountains!).  Ama Koenigshof, our Trail Builder, and Jeff Senterman, Senior Program Coordinator, attended workshops on the new Federal Trail Accessibility Standards, trail layout and construction techniques, stakeholder management, rail trails, and more.  They look forward to sharing new information with our volunteers.

In addition to attending workshops and networking at the conference, Ama led two workshops on Building Partnerships that focused on the collaboration at Bear Mountain among volunteers, nonprofits, agency partners, and AmeriCorps Trail Crews on our trails project there. The Trail Conference is recognized as a leader in building partnerships on trail projects and the audience was eager to learn from our organization’s experience.  We look forward to expanding these offerings at next year’s conference to provide even more opportunities to show leadership and provide educational opportunities.

Closer to home, we invite you to learn trail building skills with us at our Trail U. Spring is here and the workshop schedule and trail work outings are moving into high gear. Click here to see what’ already on the Trail U schedule. 

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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