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.

Field Trip: August 25, Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge


Bald Knob, White County

Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock in the Other Center parking lot on the east side behind McDonald’s.  The Other Center is on McCain Blvd. across from McCain Mall.  Take Exit 1 west off US-67/167.  We’ll arrive at Bald Knob NWR around 8:30 a.m. for those who want to meet us there.  Look for the line of cars parked on Coal Chute Road.  This federal refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area.  We expect to find shorebirds, herons, night-herons, egrets, and possibly Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills.  It will be very hot so bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat.  If you have a scope, bring it.  Very little walking will be involved.  There is no bathroom on-site.  There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at Bald Knob Exit 55.  Go to for driving directions and more information about the refuge.  GPS:  35.260233, -91.571903