Outdoor Recreation Driving Population Boom in Rural Areas

As entrepreneurs, telecommuters and retirees look for a better quality of life closer to the outdoors, rural counties with recreation-based economies are booming. Every year, more people are moving to small towns tucked in the Flathead Valley so they can choose from a range of outdoor activities — camping, hiking, riding their bikes, even kayaking or skiing — throughout the year. Flathead … [Read more...]

Petition · John Boozman: Calling on Senator John Boozman to Help Save Our White River Bridge! · Change.org

Imagine cyclists making their way across the state, entering via the Big River Bridge from Memphis, Tennessee and arriving in West Memphis, Arkansas. You'd think the views crossing the Mississippi River to be one of the highpoints of the ride. But miles later, the cyclists reach the White River Bridge at Clarendon, Arkansas. This almost two-mile long route crosses high over the White River and at … [Read more...]

AR Trail Crew Job Opening | IMBA

You've always dreamed of working outdoors, traveling the to remote places in the state, creating new experiences for it's citizens and visitors, being part of a revolution. Here is your chance. The Arkansas IMBA Trail Crew is looking for crew members. The Arkansas Trail Crew Specialist (ATCS) is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly paid position responsible for assisting IMBA Trail Solutions (TS) … [Read more...]

It’s in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter « Therapeutic Landscapes Network

I'm not much for gardening, I'm not sure what it is, maybe the years as a kid trying to make movie money by mowing lawns or pulling weeds or raking leaves for someone else. I'm just not super interested in doing it for me as can be proven by the state of my yard. But for some reason, I love working on trails, designing them, building them, maintaining them. At first, I thought it was just the … [Read more...]

A lifetime of regular exercise slows down aging, study finds — ScienceDaily

A group of older people who have exercised all of their lives, were compared to a group of similarly aged adults and younger adults who do not exercise regularly. The results showed that those who have exercised regularly have defied the aging process, having the immunity, muscle mass, and cholesterol levels of a young person. The study showed that loss of muscle mass and strength did not … [Read more...]

The Latest Plogging Fitness Craze Could Help Clean Up Cities – CityLab

We know that many outdoor enthusiasts around Arkansas are willing to stop and pick up some trash while enjoying their time outside. We know of many who go out to collect trash and decide to do it via bike, canoe, running shoes, or hiking boots. You just may not have realized there was a name for it, Plogging, and it seems to be growing in popularity. This is the kind of fitness craze we'd like to … [Read more...]

A New Program to Receive Grants for Trails

Big things continue to come to Arkansas in the package of mountain biking. The International Mountain Bicycling Association is now partnering with the Walton Family Foundation and Visit Bentonville. This quote is the meat of the announcement: IMBA will host three Trail Labs in Bentonville, Arkansas, where attendees can learn what it takes to create a model trail community. Classroom-style … [Read more...]

Top 10 Things to Do in Arkansas | National Geographic Travel

Sometimes media sources from outside the state get it totally wrong. Not this time. In this National Geographic Travel list of top 10 things to do in Arkansas, written in 2016, we don't think they were far off the mark. The only way we think it could have been improved would be to make it the top 20 things to do. Extraordinary experiences await in the Natural State—where you can dig for … [Read more...]

Arkansas Mountain Bike Trail Conditions

For mountain bikers and other trail users, the thought of heading out to the trails when they are in bad shape or temporarily closed or in a fragile state sends them racing for the internet to find answers to the question, How are the Trails? Recent rains or freeze/thaw cycles can leave trails a mess, windstorms including straight-line winds and tornados can totally trash the trail. So where is … [Read more...]

Two Wildfires Burning Near Boxley Valley (updated 12/12/17 11:42 am)

(Updated media release 12/12/17 11:42 am) Boxley Area Wildfire Update Harrison, AR: Around midday on Sunday (12/10) two separate fires were reported along Arkansas Highway 21 on the north side of Boxley Valley involving a combination of private and national parklands. By Monday the two fires had coalesced into one and continued to burn within the containment zone while firefighters worked to … [Read more...]