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By: Ken Kurtz
09/18/17 07:44:41 AM

Contact Eleanor Blick 
IMBA Communications Manager 
(720) 900-4622 

(Boulder, Colo. August 1, 2017) Throughout the month of August, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is calling on mountain bikers everywhere to join in a celebration of rugged trails by riding their nearest IMBA EPICS route, and/or nominating their favorite backcountry singletrack experience for this special designation.  

An IMBA EPICS ride is a demanding, mostly singletrack experience in a remote, backcountry setting. EPICS are at least 20 miles long and both technically and physically challenging. The 37 current IMBA EPICS can be found in almost every region of the U.S. plus Australia, Canada, Iceland and Wales. These rides serve to offer inspiration and should be on every mountain biker’s bucket list.  

IMBA is encouraging mountain bikers get out on the trails and enjoy these special rides in the month of August. Tag #imbaepics on social media through August 31 for a chance to score swag. Don’t see your state represented? Nominate your favorite ride through August 31 for EPICS designation.  

For more than a decade, the EPICS and Ride Centers designated through the IMBA Model Trails program have become iconic mountain bike destinations that influence communities across the country and the world to raise the bar on great places to ride. Local mountain bike groups have often leveraged their local IMBA EPICS as event locations for fundraising and community building, and as a way to secure dollars and volunteers to keep their favorite adventures alive.  

EPICS include routes like Armstrong to Strawberry near South Lake Tahoe, a 38-mile, black-diamond point-to-point ride with 4,600 feet of climbing and 6,600 feet of descent that one rider called “a symphony of singletrack.” If that’s not remote or long enough for you, try the 96-mile Maah Daah Hey trail in North Dakota, the 77-mile Black Canyon Trail in Arizona, or the 36-mile rowdy and grueling Rothrock Ride in one of Pennsylvania’s state forests. 

IMBA thanks the many IMBA chapters, other trail groups and land managers that support these special rides.  

Get out there and explore! See the complete list with ride information and maps provided byMTB Project.

By: Ken Kurtz
08/11/17 10:30:42 PM



National Park Service 
U.S. Department of the Interior

Ozark National Scenic Riverways
404 Watercress Drive
P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965


Ozark National Scenic Riverways News Release


Release Date:  August 11, 2017

Contact:   Dena Matteson,, 573-323-4814

Ozark National Scenic Riverways to Host Open House for New Interpretive Plan 


EMINENCE, MO:   Ozark National Scenic Riverways invites the public to attend an open house on Wednesday, August 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Methodist Fellowship Hall in Eminence, Missouri.   The purpose of this open house is to collect information to aid in the development of a new Long Range Interpretive Plan for the park.    Park rangers will be available to discuss your ideas for outreach and public programs with you which, in turn, will assist in the development of services that meet the needs of our visitors.  The Methodist Fellowship Hall is located at 18228 Church Street in Eminence, approximately 2 blocks west of the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway 106.


The Long Range Interpretive Plan will help guide the creation of interpretive and educational programs, outreach efforts, media, exhibits and publications for the next seven to ten years.  It will help set goals and priorities for interpretation and education.  As part of the process for developing a new long-range plan for interpretive and educational outreach activities at Ozark National Scenic Riverways, it is important to include input and ideas from our stakeholders and partners.  Please stop by the open house to share your ideas and feedback!


We look forward to hearing from the public and encourage all to visit the park’s website at or our Facebook page for further updates.  For more information, please contact Dena Matteson at (573) 323-4814 or


 Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.




By: Ken Kurtz
07/27/17 09:17:38 AM

The OTA was invited to participate on The Trail Show, a monthly podcast out of Colorado, which has now been posted. Last month they interviewed Steven Parker with the Ozark Highland Trail following up this month with the OT. Ken Kurtz, our Education Outreach Chair, did the interview earlier this month.

The whole show is about 2 hours and they discuss a number of fun topics. If you're only interested in listening to just the OTA part, Ken's interview begins about minute 45.

Have a listen. 🤗

By: Ken Kurtz
05/17/17 04:02:47 PM

Late last week we were contacted by Dan Feldman about being interviewed for his weekly podcast called Weekly Hiking Tips.  He started his audio podcast this past January, which can be heard via iTunes or thru his website at  

On Monday May 15 he interviewed our very own Abi Jackson at the office and has now posted Episode 15 on his website.  Give a listen!

Awesome job Abi!