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Central Arkansas Safety Action Plan

Metroplan, the metropolitan planning organization for Central Arkansas (Faulkner County, Lonoke County, Pulaski County, and Saline County) is developing a Safety Action Plan. This Plan will identify and prioritize roadway safety improvements for all road users in Central Arkansas, including pedestrians, cyclists, public transportation users, motorists, and more. The goal of the Safety Action Plan is to improve roadway safety by significantly reducing or eliminating roadway fatalities and serious injuries through implementation focused on all road users. For more info or to complete a survey to provide input to the plan, click HERE.  

Champion Trees in Springdale

11/19/23 - Su - Two trees, a hackberry and a catalpa, in Springdale have been designated as champion trees, i.e., the largest of their type in Arkansas. For more info, check page 5B of today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Sierra Club Central Arkansas Group Meetings

1/16/24 - Tu - Please Join us on at 6:30 pm for our January Arkansas Sierra Club, Central Arkansas Group meeting. Program:

We meet at the John Gould Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan St., Little Rock, AR 72205. Future meetings are announced via e-mail messages from Chair George Wise. If you do not receive the messages, please contact George at    If announced in e-mail message, meetings may also be available via ZOOM!

For additional information on past or future CAG meetings, click HERE.    
Future Tuesday CAG meetings (at 6:30 pm):
1/16/24; 2/20/24; 3/19/24; 4/16/24; 5/21/24; 6/18/24; 7/16/24
No meeting in August or December. Late 2024 meetings: 9/17/24; 10/15/24; 11/19/24

Trivia Question of the Month

10/10/23 - If you headed due east from the old Visitor's Center at Pinnacle Mountain State Park until you crossed a county line, what county would you be in? The correct answer: Faulkner County

Pinnacle Mountain State Park News

7/26/23 - LR - The new Visitor's Center (north of the West Parking Lot) will likely open this Fall.
8/5/23 update - Sometime in the last two weeks, the park has installed a new park bench on the West Summit Trail at the #3 marker.
10/10/23 update - It appears that a hiking or biking trail from the new Visitor's Center to the Arboretum is being built. This trail will run between the Base Trail and Little Maumelle River.
11/28/23 - Tu - The new Visitors Center had their grand opening this morning with short speeches by park officials and Governor Sanders. There is now a short extension of the Base Trail that connects to the Visitors Center with the new bike trail accessible nearby. The new Visitors Center is just south of the gravel park maintenance road that parallels part of the lower West Summit Trail.

Blue Mountain Hiking Trails

6/7/23 - One of the newest hiking/biking areas in Central Arkansas is the Blue Mountain area, west of the Maumelle Pinnacles and Rattlesnake Ridge. The parking area is slightly less than 5 miles west of Chenal on Hwy 10, just after passing a long white fence. The main trail for hiking is similar to the Base Trail at Pinnacle but without all the rocks. For a description of the area, check pages 36-37 of the June issue of Arkansas Times. ...or click HERE for a news story/video. [ unofficial trail map    (vertical red line at left of map is Hwy 10 just west of Lake Maumelle) ]

Flatside Wilderness Area Expansion?

6/18/23 - Su - Congressman Hill has introduced legislation to expand the Flatside Wilderness by 2200 acres. For more info, check page 1B of today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

National Park Entry Requirement

6/5/23 - Some parks within the National Park System (including Rocky Mountain and Death Valley) no longer accept cash and require a debit or credit card for entry. A primary reason: There are no nearby banks to deposit cash and employees must spend too much driving to a distant bank. For more info, click HERE [ web site].

Solar Eclipse

4/8/2024 - Total solar eclipse in Arkansas - Save the date. For a related news article, check page 2B of the Sunday 7/10 issue of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


This year, the west coast has recently received a lot of rain and snow. For links to a selection of Web Cams in California, click HERE.

News Articles in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that our viewers may have missed that may be of interest – Refer to the indicated source for more information.
1/29/23 pg 1H - Flatside Wilderness Area Expansion in Congress

2/13/23 pg 1G - Asia to use half of all electricity by 2025
[...shift to renewables...] warned that demand and supply are becoming increasingly weather dependent...

Note: Past news and outings reports have been moved to the Newsletters page.    

What's New on the Web site:

Items mentioned above (on Home Page) may or may not be included in the What's New Section.
Date at left (below) may either be date material was added to web site or date of event. Items removed from Home Page may be on the Newsletter pages  

POSTED IN Q1/Q2 ( JAN-JUN ) 2023

  • 7/18/23 - Astronomy web page updated
  • 7/15/23 - Older Home pg info moved to News-2022 / News-2021 pages
  • 3/19/23 - History Tours schedule updated
  • 3/19/23 - UCA Planetarium Public Shows- schedule updated (also 7/18/23)
  • 3/11/23 - Distinguished lecture series listing updated
  • 3/6/23 - Tick season has arrived (Home page)
  • 2/12/23 - More Large-Scale Pig Farms (Home page)
  • 1/14/23 - January CAG meeting announcement added to web site
  • 1/1/23 - New Year's Day


    For information on web site changes in prior months, go to the About Us > What's New page.

    The following are images that have been considered as possible future web site header photos.

    Below left: Waterfall in Devils Canyon, Ozark NF - - - - - Below right: 100+-year old Springfield Bridge, the oldest bridge of this type in Arkansas. The bridge was recently extensively repaired and moved to near the west end of Beaverfork Lake.

    Devils-Canyon     old Springfield Bridge

    Army Corps of Engineers Inspection Ship Near Toad Suck Lock and Dam     <img src="/sites/default/files/sc

    Special Topic: Texas Coal Plants An Issue, Sierra Club Says

    By Doug Thompson - NW News - December 30, 2014

    Two coal-fired power plants in Texas stand as the most immediate threat to air quality in Northwest Arkansas, said the director of the Sierra Club in Arkansas.

    The plants are among seven at issue in a Jan. 15 public hearing in Oklahoma City. The federal Environmental Protection Agency called the hearing after rejecting parts of Texas' plan to gradually reduce the amount of haze-causing sulfur dioxide from the plants.

    Glen Hooks, this state's Sierra Club director, said his group will argue at the hearing the sulfur dioxide contributes to haze as far north as Benton and Washington counties and over the federally protected headwaters of the Buffalo National River. ... MORE     [TOP]

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    Outing - Sierra Club Policies

    • Activities identified as Sierra Club outings are led by a certified Outings Leader. All participants on such outings are required to sign a Sierra Club Liability Waiver form. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, please go to, then click on Sign-in Sheet & Liability Waiver or contact the Outings Department at (415) 977-5528 for a printed version.
    • Carpools transportation is at the sole risk of the participants, both driver and passengers, even if they are leaders or staff of the outings or activity.
    • CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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