Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas serves Scott, Polk, and Montgomery counties or it may be best to say "west-central Arkansas" to drive economic develop and tourism.
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Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas


OCTOBER 13-15, 2017
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Free Admissions!


2 Digs
Gem & Mineral Show


Quilt Registration
36th Annual Quilt Show


Handmade Crafts

Rich Mountain Community College will be hosting an exhibit of the Arkansas Champion Trees on display in the Ouachita Center from September 6th– October 26th. The exhibit is a collection of framed drawings by Arkansas Champion Trees Artist, Linda Williams Palmer.

A “meet & greet” with the artist and reception will be held todayTuesday, September 13th from 4 -6 the Ouachita Center. We hope you can make plans to attend!

Speaker Mike Dibbley

The Arkansas Ouachita Mountians are unique in all the world. Find out how and why by attending this informative presentation. The geology of the Arkansas Mountains will be compared with the Rocky Mountians of Colorado and the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon.

Monday, Spetember 12th from 6pm to 8pm

Ouachita Center at RMCC

1100 College Drive Mena, AR


For more information:

Maureen Kesse
icon-phone 479-394-7622, ext. 1311
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Lisa Jumper
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JENNIFER WARDEN 479-209-3000
ANNIE SCOTT 501-538-4137
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New Trails Coming to Hot Springs

The City of Hot Springs, AR, has contacted IMBA about a trails plan which will include new trails just east of the Cedar Glades trail system and potentially connect downtown with the IMBA Epic LOViT, the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail. "This plan will help cement the Ride Center designation Hot Springs holds, and drive tourism into downtown allowing visitors a chance to stay, ride and spend time in Hot Springs," said Regional Director Steve Schneider. Visit Hot Springs has committed seed money to pay for this master plan, which could add 15 to 20 miles of trail.

The Hot Springs Bronze-Level Ride Center »


Friends of Ouachita Trails Interested in IMBA Chapter Program

Friends of Ouachita Trails (FOOT) board members in Hot Springs, AR, will be meeting with IMBA Regional Director Steve Schneider in April about joining IMBA as a chapter. FOOT has been the trail steward organization partnering for years with the U.S. Forest Service to maintain the Ouachita/LOViT/Womble trails, around Lake Ouachita, Ouachita Mountains, and Hot Springs. "This organization is solid top to bottom and has incredible credibility with the community and local land managers. Becoming an IMBA chapter will help FOOT develop more partnerships and increase organizational capacity in the long term,” said Schneider.

Meet FOOT »

Dick Trammel, Chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission, will be speaking March 24th, at the Mena Limetree Inn at 11:30 AM.

The Mena Rotarian's will be sponsoring the event.  All guests are asked to pay for their own lunch.

Mr. Trammel, a native Arkansan, has an extensive record of civic involvement including past president of the Roger-Lowell Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Rotary Club of Rogers and past governor of Rotary International District 6110. 

He is a founding director of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County and received one of their Tribute Awards in 2000.

Trammel is a founding director, director emeritus and past chairman of the Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (NARTI).  He received the 1997 Distinguished Service Award from the Arkansas Hospital Association for his work with NARTI and the Northwest Arkansas Medical Community. 

He is a member of the University of Arkansas Medical School Area Health Center Northwest Advisory Board and the University of Arkansas Medical School Northwest, Advisory Board, the University Of Arkansas Medical School Foundation Fund Board and the University of Arkansas Medical School Arkansas Cancer Research Center Advisory Board.   He served on the Board of Directors for Mercy Health Systems of Northwest Arkansas from 2002-2008.  He is a past chairman and board member of the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Arkansas.  He also serves on the Board of the Northwest Arkansas Community Foundation.

Trammel is a charter member, past Chairman and past board member of the Board of Trustees of Northwest Arkansas Community College. He is a founding board member and current member of the Rogers Youth Center Board of Directors.  In the spring of 2005, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appointed Trammel to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, he is a past Board Chairman and served on the board until December 2008.  He is a past board member of the Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges.

He is a past chairman and board member emeritus of the Arts Center of the Ozarks, past member of the Board of the North Arkansas Symphony Society, and a past chairman and past member of the Arkansas Arts Council.  He is a past board member of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. 

Trammel is a past member of the Board of the Ozark Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and a board member of the Jones Center for Families.  He serves on the board of the American Heart Association, Ozark Affiliate.  Dick is also a charter Board Member of Rebuilding Together of Northwest Arkansas, having served as Vice Chair.

In January 2009, Governor Mike Beebe appointed Dick to the Arkansas Highway Commission, to serve until January 2019.

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