Audubon Society of Central Arkansas Minutes

Audubon Society of Central Arkansas Minutes

Fletcher Library, Little Rock, AR

August 9, 2018, 7:00 p.m.



The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Cindy Franklin.  Twenty-three people were present.


The July Minutes were approved on a motion by Dottie Boyles and second by Jane Gulley.


Jim Dixon presented the July treasurer’s report which showed no income or expenses.  The net deficit through July remained at $2,333.38.


Cindy noted the upcoming field trip to Bald Knob NWR on August 25.


Cindy next talked about a petition to the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to ban unlimited harvesting of wild aquatic turtles.  She reported the proposed ban was unlikely, and more likely was AGFC approving a three year study.


Dan Scheiman mentioned upcoming speakers will be Paul Norris with the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance September 13 and ???? October 11.


A program on Citizen Science was presented by Rob Beadel of the Arkansas Forestry Association following his introduction by Dan.  The program ended at 8:00.


Cindy mentioned a Hummingbird Migration & Nature Celebration September 7-9 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and Audubon Arkansas’s native plant sale September 22.


Cindy drafted a nominating committee for the officer and Board election in December made up of Jane, Karen Holliday and Cindy.


Susan Hardin brought up the effort to save the old Clarendon Bridge for recreational use.


The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Barry Haas

Recording Secretary

Monthly Meeting

September 13, 2018 – Building Trails Together

Paul Norris, President, Central Arkansas Trail Alliance

Paul will give us an overview and history of the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA). He’ll discuss their current projects plus future plans. He’ll touch on the expected and unexpected benefits of working together.

Paul Norris is the current president of Central Arkansas Trail Alliance. Growing up in Little Rock, he built his first trail in 1972 when he was 10, and his first legal trail in 1992. In 2005, he started building mountain bike trails in Growlers Gulch on a tree farm in Southwest Washington. After a heartbreaking timber harvest destroyed the forest and many of the trails he switched focus to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. St. Helens National Monument. He formed Friends of Coldwater in order to unify the many trail groups working on the mountain. He quit his job as COO in 2010 and began volunteering full-time. Since returning to Arkansas in 2015, he has been busy with FOFC, TNC and now as president of CATA. He and his wife Melanie love to travel and take part in most outdoor activities.