Richard Bell of Bell and Company PA has long been a supporter of mountain biking throughout Arkansas. Members of the Bell and Company Mountain Bike Team have given time, money and labor to assist in creating and maintaining mountain bike trails in The Natural State. Recently, Richard's generosity has made it possible for the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance to become a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, a standing which will allow us to grow our organization. Join us in thanking Richard Bell for his generous support of mountain biking in Arkansas. Below is a copy of the letter that CATA officers Bruce Alt and Mike Mitchell sent to Richard as a thank you for the donation.
February 12, 2014
Mr. Richard Bell
Bell and Company PA
4504 Burrow Drive
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116
Dear Mr. Bell,
On behalf of the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance Board of Directors, we wish to sincerely thank you for your generous financial support that has enabled CATA to form and establish an IMBA Chapter here in central Arkansas.
CATA seeks to provide safe access to wild places through multi-use trails. Our goal is to open up access to remote areas, construct trails and maintain both new and existing trails sustainably throughout the central part of Arkansas.
As people seek to live healthier lives and become more in tune with the wild places The Natural State has to offer, multi-use trails make these areas available. Whether hiking, trail running or mountain biking, people need to connect with the outdoors, one-on-one and with their families.
We invite you to join with us and to use your own talents to help make this dream come true. We’ll need everyone, especially those willing to actually build trails, raise funds, contribute resources, organize events, sponsor work days and meetings, and nurture sustainable working relationships with landowners and managers. We invite you to visit our web site www.centralartrail.com and join our Facebook Page to learn about upcoming meetings, workdays and fun recreational activities, including mountain bike rides!
Thank you for your vision, support and dedication to the mountain biking community. We look forward to receiving your counsel and support as we move forward.
See you on the trail,
Bruce C. Alt, President Michael W. Mitchell, Vice President
Central Arkansas Trail Alliance was recently mentioned in the International Mountain Bicycling Association South Central Newsletter along with other wonderful happenings for mountain bike and multi-use trails in the state.
From IMBA February Newsletter:
The Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) of Jesse and Lori, along with South Central Regional Director Steve Schneider, converged on IMBA Epic trails in Mt View, AR, the weekend of Feb. 1 to bring love and volunteers out to the Syllamo trails (photo above), which were decimated by a recent ice storm, logging and a lack of attention. IMBA RD Schneider helped form the new Friends at Syllamo Trails volunteer organization (soon to be IMBA Chapter), and solicited help from many Mt View businesses, County Judge Stacey Avey, USFS District Ranger Jim McCoy, Syllamo Ranger Jay Swafford and others to pull together more than 80 volunteers to give some love to Syllamo.
The three days on site went smoothly; more than 50 people participated in the TCC classroom presentation, while others donated time to cook food, provide support, work on more than 15 miles of trail, and provide bluegrass music and massages for weary volunteers. All of the new, area IMBA chapters were represented: OORC, CATA (Central Arkansas Trail Alliance), MORC (Midwest Off-Road Cyclists), FAST (Friends At Slaughter Pen Trails), as well as Wes Wright, Denny Hess and Andrea Wilson, key members of Friends at Syllamo. Syllamo will have monthly scheduled work weekends to help keep these trails "Epic."
Read more at: https://www.imba.com/blog/supporter/february-south-central-region-news