Supporting quality trailbuilding since 1976.
Founded in 1976 as the Western Trailbuilders Association and renamed in 2004, the Professional Trailbuilders Association (PTBA) is North America’s largest private sector group of trail specialists, professional trail contractors, designers, and consultants.
All of PTBA’s activities support quality trail design, construction, and maintenance for all types of trails in all types of locations. In its early years, PTBA served to define and nurture a new industry—private trail contracting for the federal government, primarily the USDA Forest Service. This was quite successful, and PTBA enjoys respect and a good reputation from federal agencies.
Now, with the ongoing loss of federal trail expertise through retirement and ever-increasing trail and greenway work in state, county, municipal, and special district governments, non-profits, and private landowners, PTBA’s services have grown to include the activities listed in the box at left.
PTBA members have well over 200 years of collective experience in the specialized skills of trail design, construction, and maintenance. From most of the Pacific Crest Trail to urban bike paths, from remote wilderness trails to busy front country OHV trails, from city parks to regional open space systems, and from golf courses to subdivisions, PTBA contractor members have built countless trails and trail facilities.
Trail design, design-build, consulting, and training in trail design, maintenance, and construction are also becoming more frequent activities for members.