What is the Trail Development Partnership Program?
NWTA’s Trail Development Partnership Program (TDPP) is designed to fulfill a critical part of our mission in creating, building and maintaining sustainable trails. Serving as an interface between public agencies and NWTA, this unique program is designed to:
- Leverage limited funds for trail building projects,
- Reduce volunteer burnout by introducing highly-efficient mechanized trail building tools to projects,
- Create interest in projects and increase NWTA member retention,
- Provide cross-trained expert resources to aid with project development and construction, and
- Ultimately, to put more miles of trail on the ground in a shorter amount of time for fewer dollars.
The TDPP is used by public agencies, land managers and private or non-profit organizations to successfully complete construction and maintenance projects. The program can be custom-tailored to a wide range of projects including singletrack trails, skills parks and pump tracks. In addition to expert project support, participants in the program gain access to NWTA’s dedicated volunteers, a well-stocked tool inventory and to mechanized trail building equipment with trained operators.
How did it come about?
The TDPP is the brainchild of Northwest Trail Alliance Vice President, Joe Rykowski. Recognizing the need for a formal framework to partner with public agencies on trail building projects, Joe designed the TDPP in 2009. Through his efforts with the program, NWTA has successfully obtained two Recreational Trails Grants from the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department in 2010 and most recently in 2012. Each of these grants provided funding for the purchase, operation and maintenance of two specialized trail building machines.
What projects have benefited from the TDPP?
Northwest Trail Alliance has partnered with several public agencies to construct trails throughout the greater Portland region.Riding areas with trails constructed and maintained through the TDPP include Stub Stewart State Park (Oregon State Parks),Hagg Lake (Washington County), easyClimb (Port of Cascade Locks), Syncline (US Forest Service) and Sandy Ridge (BLM). We add new partnerships every year and the list of successfully completed projects continues to grow.
What tools are available?
NWTA stocks a full range of trail building equipment including hand tools, power tools, signage, pop-up tents, and mechanized tools. Of particular interest to public agencies and other organizations are our mechanized trail building equipment. Mechanized tools available for rent through the TDPP include a DitchWitch sk755 and a Singletrack Tools ST240. NWTA offers daily and weekly rental rates and provides a discounted rate for mountain bike specific projects. Projects may be eligible for grant funding to be used towards the TDPP – please contact NWTA for more information on grant resources. Partners are eligible for credit towards rental of equipment in exchange for services rendered (volunteer operator training, fabrication work, equipment repair work, etc).
- DitchWitch sk755: The sk755 is designed for construction and support role tasks for wider shared-use paths on moderate grade slopes. With many available attachments, the sk755 can handle a wide-range of project tasks including the construction of pumptracks of varying sizes.
- Single Track Tools ST240: The ST240 is an Oregon-built machine specifically designed for the construction of singletrack trail. Features include a heavy duty grubbing bucket with rugged thumb, variable angled blade, computerized hydraulics which are full time radio controlled (operators can step away from machine on more hazardous terrain), variable width tread (from 24″ to 36″ inches), and massive Sauer-Danfoss direct drive wheel motors. In other words, it’s a singletrack-maker’s dream that will save time and money on any trail building project. Videos of the ST240 in action are availablehere.
- Coming Soon! TRAFx Trail Counter System: Wireless trail counters for mountain bike/ATV as well as infrared counters for other trail users. Data is captured with timestamp and transferred to a website where analytics can be done to view usage statistics. See http://www.trafx.net/ for full details on this system.
How to become a partner and/or rent equipment
If you are interested in renting equipment and/or joining NWTA’s Trail Development Partnership Program, the first step is to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, include a brief description of your project and the date(s) you need equipment. Once we’ve checked and determined equipment availability and have communicated with you about the project, we’ll work out the details of a rental agreement covering rates, transportation, conditions, and any other necessary information.