Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT), non-profit organization of trail users dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
Friends of the Ouachita Trail president Bo Lea welcomes you to FoOTnotes! This page containes news of interest to FoOT volunteers and supporters. The “semi-occasional” entries on the page are designed to bring you up-to-date on the events and projects in which FoOT is currently engaged. A lot is happening with FoOT and we are excited about its future!
Click here for 2015 FoOTnotes ArchiveClick here for 2016 FoOTnotes Archive2017 FoOTnotes:Trail Shelter Project Dedication April 21, 2017Posted March 22, 2017On Friday, April 21, 2017, FoOT and the U.S. Forest Service will dedicate the completed shelter system for the Ouachita Trail in the National Forest. Beginning at 10 a.m. there will be a reception and refreshments. This will be followed by the dedication program at 10:30 a.m. CLICK HERE for directions to Suck Mountain, the location for the dedication and the 12th and last shelter that was built.Volunteers will direct traffic from the turn-off at FR 149 and a shuttle service will be provided as needed for the last 2/3 mile up the new road to the shelter.I hope many of you will be able to attend. The shelter project was the largest undertaking in the history of FoOT and also is one the largest-ever improvements to the Ouachita Trail. We want to show our appreciation to our many volunteers and the assisting Forest Service personnel. Drop me a note if you think you will be attending to assist us in planning the logistics.Thanks!Bo LeaFoOT President501-622-8809 cellTrail Shelter Grant Received - Dedication ScheduledPosted March 9, 2017Friends of the Ouachita Trail has received 3/8/17 a trail grant check from the Arkansas Highway Department in the amount of $29,270. This grant made possible the last 3 shelters (Turner Gap, Story Creek, and Suck Mtn.) constructed by FoOT. With the completion of Suck Mtn. Shelter on November 11th, 2016 it marked the end of an effort to build 12 new shelters on the OT and was done in a little under four years. An amazing accomplishment by a great group of volunteers.On April 21st at 10 a.m. on Suck Mountain a dedication will be held for the completed shelter system that includes the new ones on the west end as well as the 9 older shelters on the eastern part of the OT. Additional details will be posted by the end of March but you can mark your calendar now.Bo LeaFoOT President501-622-8809 cellTrail Closure Notice – Temporary - UPDATEPosted February 17, 2017 I wanted to let you know that we've actually reopened that section of the trail again, temporarily. I didn't have confirmation of this until this morning. Trail users are asked to "proceed with caution." My forester doesn't anticipate for it to close again before April, but we will keep you posted to the status.Originally Posted on December 20, 2016As of tomorrow morning (12/20/2016), we will be once again be temporarily closing the section of trail through the timber thinning area. This closure is expected to last about 2 weeks. I’ve been told that the current cleanup activities will not affect the trail, however, I have chosen to close it as a precautionary measure. The reason for this short closure is to clean up the logs that were left behind by the previous contractor. This will NOT complete the activity. We will reopen the trail once this area is cleaned and cleared and expect to re-close it again in late Spring for approximately 4 weeks. (Editors Note: The impacted area is mile marker 209 to Highway 300 (MM209-211.5) or from near Lundsford corner and west of there for 2 miles.)Raven L. LawsonWatershed Protection ManagerCentral Arkansas WaterO: (501) 223-1857C: (501) 940-6129Arkansas GivesPosted on February 17, 2017On April 6, 2017, Friends of the Ouachita Trail is participating in Arkansas Gives. It runs between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Arkansas Gives is challenging all Arkansans to give to the charities of their choice. During this one-day event, each donation you give will help your favorite nonprofit organizations qualify for additional bonus dollars from Arkansas Community Foundation. All participating nonprofits will receive a portion of a pool of bonus dollars provided by Arkansas Community Foundation; the more a nonprofit raises, the more of the bonus dollars it will receive. https://www.arkansasgives.org/Carolyn ShearmanVP Community RelationsFriends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT)email@example.comShelter DedicationPosted on February 17, 2017FoOT has completed all 21 shelters and will have a shelter dedication this April 21st at the Suck Mt. Shelter starting at 10:00 a.m. Save the date and you will be hearing more from President Bo Lea on this soon!Carolyn ShearmanVP Community RelationsFriends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT)firstname.lastname@example.orgWest End Clean-upPosted on February 17, 2017