Sharing BikePed Trails | City of Little Rock

Some great advice no matter what trails you are enjoying. See the links at the bottom for specific rules for the Arkansas River Trail. Please share this post with other trail users and thanks to the City of Little Rock for reminding us to share the trails. BikePed trails, like the Arkansas River Trail, are a great local resource and are heavily used by different types of users (Fig. 1). … [Read more...]

Why Is It Healthy to Be Outside in Nature? – CityLab

Spending time by yourself in nature is good for mental health, and can make you a better leader. Today Americans live in a world that thrives on being busy, productive and overscheduled. Further, they have developed the technological means to be constantly connected to others and to vast options for information and entertainment through social media. For many, smartphones demand their attention … [Read more...]

Laura Miller Selected as Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park – (U.S. National Park Service)

National Park Service (NPS) Midwest Regional Director Cam Sholly announced the selection of Laura Miller as superintendent of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.  Miller is currently the Acting Superintendent of Buffalo National River. She assumes her new role in August.   “Laura is an exceptional leader who knows how to listen and foster collaboration both within and outside of government,” … [Read more...]

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...]