Maximizing Your Trail Budget Through Competitive Bidding

This session discusses how, what, where, when, and why to put your trail projects out to bid.

by Tony Boone, COO, Timberline TrailCraft, Zachi Anderson

photo credit: Jane Holman courtesy Waynet Inc.

As the recreational trail industry continues to evolve, land managers, land owners, and developers are realizing the advantages of protecting cultural and natural resources through proper trail planning and management. This session discusses how, what, where, when, and why to put your trail projects out to bid. It covers the different steps and information you may need for the bidding process as well as reviews opportunities for optimizing your trail funding through a fair and competitive bidding process. This session also discusses the PTBA online bidding system.

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About the Authors

Tony is a Master of Outdoor Education in Outdoor Recreation with the Professional TrailBuilders Association, Chief Operating Officer with Timberline TrailCraft, LLC, and Principal with Tony Boone Trails, Inc. Tony is a pioneer in the evolution and art of planning and creating sustainable, machine-built trails for mountain bikers, hikers, runners and equestrians. His accomplishments include: the first official mountain bike patrol in Colorado in 1989, training eight International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Trail Care Crews (1997-2011), inspiring and conducting mechanized training for the IMBA Trail Solutions (2001), and contributing to three IMBA books: Trail Solutions: IMBA’s Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack, Managing Mountain Bikes: IMBA’s Guide to Providing Great Riding and Bike Parks: IMBA’s Guide to New School Trails. Tony has taught over 3,000 students worldwide in the art of sustainable trail design, construction, and management. View Tony’s full bio including notable works here.

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Zachi Anderson has been a builder for many years and a lover of trails. Besides building a variety of surface and design types, he is a mason and woodworker and introduces character features like stone arched bridges to his projects when possible.

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