Arkansas Success Stories
These two stories provide valuable lessons in multiple user groups working together, multiple agencies cooperating, and users and agencies teaming for success.
Speakers: Jerry Shields, Lake Ouachita Citizens Focus Committee and Traildog Volunteers; Jim Gifford, President, Friends of the Ouachita Trail; Steve Weston, Recreational Trails Program, AR Highway & Transportation Department; Kirstin Bartlow, AR Game & Fish Commission; Brenda Meeks, US Army Corps of Engineers.
Two success stories from the Ouachita Mountain region of Arkansas illustrate the many ways partnering and coalitions can serve the trail community. The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) was the dream of local citizens, made real by the cooperation of two federal agencies, a county judge, and volunteer labor. Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT) is an all-volunteer group, organized exclusively to provide assistance for the maintenance, enhancement and use of the 223-mile backcountry Ouachita National Recreation Trail. These two stories provide valuable lessons in multiple user groups working together, multiple agencies cooperating, and users and agencies teaming for success.
Help the trails community demonstrate its ability to put America back to work and deliver the benefits of trails to all communities.
By recognizing the common goals that all trail user types share, and fighting for those goals together, it is possible to create a real and positive impact on the trails world.
Database management; website development; trail and facility inventories; trail assessment and maintenance records; identifying and gathering needed information.
Creating and maintaining partnerships; interagency project management; structuring agreements among partners; nurturing cooperation among a variety of recreation and conservation interests; planning trail systems across jurisdictional lines.