Penn Trails LLC, is an active member of the Professional Trail Builders Association (PTBA), North America's largest private sector group of professional trail specialists, contractors, designers and consultants.
Penn Trails is involved in all stages of natural surface trail assessments, planning, design, project management and construction for a variety of trail types and classes. Their special expertise is in the area of Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Pathways. Penn Trails builds expert Teams for each project, bringing together talented professionals and experienced partners with similar orientations and skills in their own respective areas of expertise including landscape design, GIS, engineering, universal access, sustainable planning and more.
Training, courses, and workshops offered
Penn Trails is a National Account Instructor for the American Red Cross and we offer Wilderness & Remote First Aid training/certification 16hrs 2-yr cert.), as well as other ARC trainings & certification classes.
Penn Trails also developed and facilitated the Backcountry Leadership & Decision Making curriculum for the PA Bureau of State Parks, Environmental Education Staff training.
Penn Trails provides Trail Crew Leader Training & Trail Crew training programs (2 to 5 day curriculum options), Job Hazard Analysis & Risk Management training.
Penn Trails developed and created the curriculum, as well as, facilitates the training for the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps’ Trail Crew Leader and Trail Crew Trails Training Programs.. The course includes:
1. Your Trail’s Management Overview a. The Land Manager & Agency b. The Trail c. Planning, Preparation and Reporting
2. Crew Leadership and Decision Making a. Motivating, Training & Educating Volunteers b. Risk Assessment c. Administrative Tasks
3. Sustainable Trails Design a. Standards & Practices i. USDA/FHA/USFS ii. IMBA
4.Sustainable Trails Construction & Rehabilitation
5. Learning Your Trail(s) Characteristics a. Geology b. c. d. Hydrology Flora & Fauna Desirable and Non-Desirable Species I.D. i. Physical Removal Techniques – (hands-on) ii. Herbicide Treatment – (demo only)
6. Trails Maintenance