The Power of Partnerships

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.

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